Sushma Swaraj, the epitome of a married Hindu woman and her illustrious career

Sushma Swaraj was the first woman CM of Delhi, first full-time female external affairs minister and this BJP stalwart left for heavenly abode at 67 due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Swaraj was born on 14th Feb 1952 and she started her practice as an advocate in the year 1973. Later in 1975, Swaraj joined George Fernandes's legal defence team. She was only 25, when, in 1977, she became the cabinet minister for Haryana, the youngest minister, at the time, to hold the position. In the year 1979, Sushma Swaraj was given the opportunity to head Haryana's Janata Party. Following which, she forayed into national politics in the year 1990 and got elected as Rajya Sabha MP. Her commitment towards nation and work led her to the position of Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting in the year 1996.

Sushma Swaraj had many firsts to her name - she became the youngest minister of the country, first woman spokesperson of a political party, the first female chief Minister of Delhi, the first female Leader of Opposition, and the first full-time female foreign minister.

She became the first woman CM of Delhi in 1998 and served as Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in 2003. She played a crucial role even when she was a Leader of Opposition. Then, came an era when BJP rose to power with a landslide majority in the year 2014 and she was given the chair of Minister of External Affairs. Since taking up the reins of MEA in Modi Cabinet, she opted for open-access Twitter policy and used the platform to connect with Indians settles overseas and received immense love and praise across the globe for her humanitarian side.

Sushma Swaraj has also been quoted as the most 'millennial' minister in the Modi government by media. Due to her round-the-clock social media presence and eagerness to help, she connected with people of all ages.

In her 67 years, Swaraj accomplished great things and won many hearts of Indians and received the respect of foreign dignitaries. Swaraj was the first Indian to address the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as a guest of honor.

She was always seen with her bindi, the long trail of sindoor, along with her saree and jacket which put the fierce women of India on the world map. One of her pictures from her last Karva Chauth with her husband, Swaraj Kaushal, has gone viral on the Internet after the former Foreign Minister's demise. She can be seen dressed in a gorgeous pink and gold saree with her staple bindi and sindoor with pallu on her head, standing next to her husband with a beaming smile on her face.

She was also one of the most followed female leaders with 13.2 million followers on Twitter. She performed her duties as an External Affairs Minister with utmost dedication and love for the people of the nation. During her tenure, she saved around 1 lakh Indians settled abroad and facing troubles. And when she was informed that only 77 Passport Seva Kendras(PSK) were made available in the last 48 years, she announced to add at least one PSK in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. There are hundreds of cases just like a few listed below in which Sushma Swaraj helped Indians across the world

Senior lawyer Harish Salve, who is representing India at the International Court of Justice in the case involving Kulbhushan Jadhav shared a conversation in media where he told that moment before Sushma Swaraj suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital, she had a light-hearted conversation with him, during which she asked him to "come and collect his fee of Re 1" for the case.

Sushma Swaraj was a great politician with a knack to disagree without being disagreeable and was an eloquent speaker. We salute all the avatars of Sushma Swaraj, right from a fierce fighter in the Lok Sabha to the loving and caring mother to people all across the world. Her aura has put Indian women and their strengths on the world map.



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Hardeep Bali