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Happy Birthday Sushma Swaraj: 5 lesser-known facts about Twitter crusader

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 February 2019, 11:26 AM
Sushma Swaraj started practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India in 1973 (Photo: PTI)
Sushma Swaraj started practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India in 1973 (Photo: PTI)

While the world is celebrating Valentine’s Day, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj hailed as the ‘Twitter queen’ is celebrating her birthday. Sushma Swaraj is constantly in the news because of her powerful presence on social media. Known for assisting people through her Twitter handle, she is undoubtedly one of the most accessible ministers in the Central government. In 2016, Sushma Swaraj was among Foreign Policy’s leading global thinkers “for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy.” Sushma Swaraj and her husband Swaraj Kaushal have been credited as the ‘Most Distinguished Couple’ by Limca Book of Records.

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Calling her an outstanding leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "She has distinguished herself as an outstanding leader. As an EAM, she plays a vital role in shaping India's foreign policy. Her proactive and compassionate nature has endeared her to Indians globally. I pray for her long life and good health." Prime Minister Modi had earlier also lauded the minister for a change in the functioning of the Indian embassies across the world.

Here are 5 lesser-known facts about Sushma Swaraj:

  • Sushma Swaraj had joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the early 1970s while she was studying at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sushma Swaraj’s father Hardev Sharma was also an RSS member.
  • Sushma Swaraj campaigned for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley when he had contested for the post of President of the Delhi University (DU) Students’ Union. 
  • Sushma Swaraj had joined the Janata Party and became the youngest Cabinet minister of a state at the age of 25. She is Parliament’s only female MP to receive the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian Award’ for her contribution to Indian politics till date.  
  • Sushma Swaraj and her husband Swaraj Kaushal were adjudged as the youngest ever achievers till date in their respective fields in the country by the Limca Book of Records. 
  • Sushma Swaraj started practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India in 1973. Sushma Swaraj was the first woman chief minister of the state of Delhi.
First Published: Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:41 AM
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