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“We believe the world is one. We don’t just wish for our own prosperity, but also wish for everyone’s prosperity.” - Sushma Swaraj at UNO
“We believe the world is one. We don’t just wish for our own prosperity, but also wish for everyone’s prosperity.” – Sushma Swaraj at UNO
I have always admired, and respected Sushma Swaraj for her no-nonsense, hard-working, result-oriented, and humanistic approach to her work.
One of BJP’s most efficient leaders, her professionalism, combined with a sense of duty towards people, won many hearts. She served on an impressive list of portfolios and roles during her political career.
Sushma Swaraj was the first of only two women (the other is Dr. Najma Heptulla) to get the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian’ award.
She was also BJP’s first female Chief Minister, spokesperson, leader of opposition, general secretary and minister for External Affairs (a post also held previously by Indira Gandhi).
Apart from her professionalism, Smt. Swaraj earned the reputation of being a good Samaritan. Her good-heartedness towards anyone who approached her for help was well-known to all. Be it rescuing a woman in Africa, or the woman who lost her passport in Germany, or the 168 Indians held hostage in Iraq, or her rescue operation during the Yemen crisis, or responding promptly during the Nepal Earthquake relief operations, late Smt. Sushma Swaraj always considered her good deeds as duty and not as a favor done to anyone.
Not only was she liked immensely by the people, but also praised for her quick response and supreme work ethics by the Opposition as well.
A woman of exceptional intelligence, depth, grace, and class, it’s rare to come across politicians like her. While she was a warm, charming, and approachable person with a perennial smile on her face, Sushma Swaraj had a captivating air of mystery and intrigue about her.
Great leaders who inspire by their example are rare. Sushma Swaraj, truly has been an inspiration to one and all by example. We, Indians, are fortunate to have been blessed with an exemplary leader and woman icon in late Smt. Sushma Swaraj.
She was Prime Minister material for me. My vote would have surely gone to her.
At a speech she gave at the UN as India’s External Affairs Minister in 2015, she said: “As a woman and an elected Member of Parliament, it has been my firm conviction that there is a shortcut to real social change — empowering the girl child.”
As I write this post, I am shocked that she is no more. Gone way too soon, but will live in our hearts forever!
RIP Sushma Swaraj!
A version of this was first published here.
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