One of the most prolific images of the present-day politics in India, Sushma Swaraj, dimmed her light late last night. She was known for the rare human touch she garnered in her political approaches and diplomacy.
The former Minister of External Affairs (MEA) was lauded for her swift responses on the social media platform Twitter, time and again. Her prompt solutions addressing the grievances of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) as well as the citizens with in the country made Swaraj the face of empathy in the Centre’s governance.
Even with her health grinding down since past few years, Swaraj kept shining her charisma through her services to the people of the nation. While in power, she brought the passport services to every nook-and-corner of the country. The Password Seva Kendras across the country made the entire process accessible, transparent, and simpler to the public.
Often equated with Indira Gandhi, the first lady Prime Minister of the country, for her iron-will and assertiveness, Swaraj was one of the key stakeholders in hammering out the Doklam stand-off with China earlier in 2017.
Standing her ground on the long-pending Kulbhushan Jadhav case against Pakistan military, Swaraj approached the International Court of Justice.
The apex court lawyer-turned-politician took her first into politics during her college days. At first, a representative of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Swaraj went on to hold one of the top-most offices in the country, breaking a few records on the way.
Member of Parliament for seven time and elected as the representative in the Lower House thrice, her impressive political track record is a reflection of her hardwork and dedication. From being the youngest Minister to hold position in Haryana Cabinet to first woman Chief Minister of the Capital (NCR), she faced challenges with the fervour of a lioness.
Survived by her husband and a daughter m, the former MEA had underwent a kidney transplant in 2016. Earlier this year, Swaraj stayed out of the recent Lok Sabha elections in the country stating health concerns.