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:
Sushma ji n all those for Hindi…come learn the South Indians languages..they are beautiful
— Mushahid Khan (@mushi_khan) January 3, 2018
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 3, 2018
• When a woman kept requesting for help
Sushma mam me sirf apke sahare hun plzzz mam meri help kriye hath jod ke rqst hai mere Husband ko visa de dijiye mam apki bht mehrbani hogi main bht akeli hu koi ni h mere sth mam plzzz mera sath dijiye hath jod k rqst hai
— Hina (@Hina34497306) December 20, 2017
Hina – Hath mat jodiye. Problem batayiye. Masla kya hai ? Kahan ka visa chahiye. Details dijiye. https://t.co/VPexSuQksO
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 20, 2017
• When she helped out India’s daughter-in-law
@SushmaSwaraj Dear Mam I need your help for Indian visa to get married in Lucknow. Please mam I am waiting for your response.
— Sabahat Fatima (@SabahatFatima12) November 7, 2017
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 20, 2017
• When she restored public’s faith in politicians
@SushmaSwaraj are you real? Just checking. You don’t meet requirement of being Indian politician. You are concerned about us(Indians).
— Sumant balgi (@sumantbalgi) August 23, 2016
Please do not have such notions. Indian politicians are sensitive and very helpful. https://t.co/9U0Rdxvn8q
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 23, 2016
• When she schooled a man for making an irrelevant request
— Smit Raj. (@smitraj07) January 8, 2017
If you or your wife were from my Ministry and such a request for transfer was made on twitter, I would have sent a suspension order by now. https://t.co/LImngQwFh6
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 8, 2017