Sushma Swaraj: India’s popular former foreign minister dies

Sushma Swaraj India’s former foreign minister expires at the age of 67. India lost one of its influential woman leaders. She was the second lady to hold the office of Minister of External Affairs of India after Indira Gandhi.

Swaraj held the post under the Narendra Modi government (2014-19). At a tender age of 25, she got elected as the Cabinet Minister of the state of Haryana.

Sushma Swaraj: India's popular former foreign minister dies
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How did Sushma Swaraj expire?

Recently, she had withdrawn herself from the Lok Sabha elections giving health issues as the reason. Her doctors advised her to stay away from dust and infection.

In the year 2016, she had also undergone a kidney transplant. The kidney transplant was successful. Finally, in the evening of 6th August, she took her last breath and died of cardiac arrest.

Though she was taken to AIIMS, the doctors proclaimed that it was too late for her. Despite their hard work to save the 67-year-old influential leader, they failed miserably. Bansuri Swaraj, the only child of the veteran leader, happens to be a Barrister.

Personal Life

Sushma Swaraj was born in Ambala Cantt, Haryana in the year 1953. Her father Hardev Sharma was the member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Sushma holds a bachelors degree in Sanskrit and Political Science. After that, she went over to study law from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her career started in the year 1973 being an advocate in the Supreme Court of India.

Political Career

Her political career started with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Later on, she went onto join Bharatiya Janata Party or the BJP. She served as the Education Minister of Haryana and also became the State President of Janata Party.

After her resignation from the Union Cabinet, she went over to become the first female Chief Minister of Delhi. She also served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.