BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee perhaps passed on the doctrine when it comes to winning the hearts of people. When Sushma Swaraj was the minister of external affairs, people witnessed her humanitarian approach first hand. Deep Dive with Abhinav Khare explores how she personally took the initiative to solve trivial issues like visa issuance to critical issues like helping Indians in distress.
Former minister of external affairs and veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sushma Swaraj passed away yesterday at the age of 67. She was one of the decision-making members of BJP and a very prominent face for women in politics. She was rushed to AIIMS Delhi after she suffered a severe cardiac arrest. Earlier this year she announced that she would be taking a break from electoral politics owing to her health, however her not being a part of Modi 2.0 Cabinet shocked many.
Abhinav Khare deep dives into how Sushma Swaraj found a place in the hearts of millions. She was a leader, who was nurtured under another great leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who perhaps passed on the doctrine when it comes to winning the hearts of people. When she was the minister of external affairs, people witnessed her humanitarian approach first hand. She personally took the initiative to solve trivial issues like visa issuance to critical issues like helping Indians in distress. She is one of the main reasons for the massive NRI support that the Modi government has received.
She was born on February 14, 1952 in Ambala, Haryana, and she graduated with a Major in Sanskrit and political science from SD College following which she studied law from Punjab University, which is in Chandigarh. Later, she got married to Swaraj Kaushal, who is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court. He also served as the Governor of Mizoram from 1990 to 1993 and was an MP of the Rajya Sabha from 1998 to 2004.
She was also the second woman, who took charge of the ministry of external affairs after Indira Gandhi. She was a hallmark of the Narendra Modi government, and she took to social media to connect with the youth. From helping people, who are in distress abroad, taking down trolls to her affectionate banter with her husband Governor Swaraj Kaushal, she was the queen of social media.
Her demise came on a day when BJP made one of the most crucial decisions. They repealed the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. She even shared this moment on Twitter. She thanked PM Modi and said, "I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime." And indeed, she did.
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