Sushma Swaraj: A Journey From College Student To External Affairs Minister

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Former External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj took her last breath on 6th August. She was 67 years old. The senior BJP leader was suffering from diabetes and was given kidney transplant in the year 2016 Because of her health issues, she didn’t participate in Lok Sabha elections as well. Doctors at AIIMS said that she died of cardiac arrest. The body of former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj was kept at the BJP headquarters for three hours Today where many people paid tribute to her.

Sushma Swaraj was born on 14 February 1952 in Ambala, Haryana. She graduated from SD College, Ambala Cantonment. After this, she completed her LLB from Punjab University. She was always ahead in competitions like speech and debate and also won awards in many such competitions. In 1973, Sushma Swaraj started practicing as a lawyer in the Supreme Court. She was part of the legal team of George Fernandes along with Swaraj Kaushal in the Baroda Dynamite case.

Starting her political career Sushma Swaraj contested for the first time in 1977. After which she was made cabinet minister in Chaudhary Devi Lal’s government. She became a cabinet minister at the age of just 25 years. She was the youngest cabinet minister at that time. Sushma’s political career took a major turn in the year 1999 and she was fielded in the electoral battle against Bellary seat of Karnataka against Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. This step of BJP was part of the policy of landing Indian daughter in response to foreign daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi. However, Sushma lost this election.

Subsequently, Sushma Swaraj was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP in the year 2000 and again became the Minister of Information Broadcasting in the Atal Bihari government. During this time, her stature had increased not only in BJP but also in Indian national politics. In terms of leadership ability, Sushma Swaraj has been counted among the most powerful politicians in the whole country.

She received the best parliamentary award in the year 2008 and 2010. She is the first and only woman MP to receive this award. After winning the 2014 election and seeing her ability and her contribution to the party, Narendra Modi made her the foreign minister. Sushma Swaraj was the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the post of foreign minister.