Former Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, passes away – South Asia Time

Former Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, passes away

 August 6, 2019  

London- Former External Affairs Minister of India and a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Sushma Swaraj, has passed away in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest.

She was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi  early on Tuesday. She was the first woman external affairs minister of India.

The 67-year-old leader, who had served her fourth term in Lok Sabha—the Lower House of the Indian Parliament– had long been her party’s most prominent woman face. She was the youngest cabinet minister at 25 when she joined the Haryana government in 1977 and the first woman chief minister of Delhi, Economic Times daily reported.

Swaraj had served as India’s Foreign Minister between 2014 and 2019. She was elected seven times as a member of parliament and three times as a member of the legislative assembly.

In her last tweet posted hours before her death, she had supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial decision to remove sepcial status of Kashmir state of India.

A well-known scholar of Sanskrit, Mrs Swaraj was known for her speeches in the Parliament and elsewhere.

Indian Prime Minister Modi and other leaders have paid tributes to late Swaraj.

One of her influential speech about Sanskrit :