Sushma Swaraj Birthday Special: The Leader who changed Public’s Perception about Politicians


India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is one the few leaders who are admired by a majority of the citizens not just for the person she is but because of the fact that she is ever ready to help out Indians seeking help from the ministry.

As the Minister is going to celebrate her 66th birthday on 14th February, here are some lesser-known facts that speak volumes about her accomplishments:

  • She holds a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science. Before starting her career in politics with Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, she had practiced as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of India.
  • In 1977, she joined Haryana Government as the Education Minister and became the youngest minister in the country at the age of 25.
  • Later, at the age of 27, she was appointed as the President of BJP and this time she became the youngest Cabinet Minister in BJP.
  • She also became the first woman spokesperson for a political party in the country and has been elected 7 times as the Member of Parliament.
  • In 1998, she quit the Union Cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and became the first female Chief Minister of Delhi.
    Sushma Swaraj and her husband Swaraj Kaushal have been credited by the Limca Book of Records for being the youngest achievers in their respective fields.

Having 11.3 Million followers, the Minister has set new standards for other political leaders to follow. By reaching out to every citizen needing help, whether in India or abroad, the lady has given a new direction to the utilization of social media.

Whether it’s about providing a visa for an emergency, Indians stranded in a foreign land, or even helping out Pakistani nationals in numerous issues, she promptly replies to the tweets and makes sure that help is reached.

Here are some witty and helpful tweets from the Minister proving that she is the boss of Twitter:

• When someone asked her to learn South Indian Languages:

• When a woman kept requesting for help

• When she helped out India’s daughter-in-law

• When she restored public’s faith in politicians

• When she schooled a man for making an irrelevant request