7 Times Sushma Swaraj Proved She Is A ‘Helpful' External Affairs Minister

15/06/2015 5:20 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses a press conference in New Delhi on May 31, 2015. Swaraj held the press conference to mark the first anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A year after the Narendra Modi led government came into power in India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was hailed as the ‘Hilary Clinton’ of the NDA government. A nationwide TV-C Voter opinion poll said that Swaraj is the best Union minister in terms of performance.

The External Affairs Minister has been winning hearts since the time she took over, by helping many Indians in times of trouble.

The FM now finds herself in the midst of a raging political controversy. This is for helping Lalit Modi, the controversial cricket administrator, obtain a UK travel certificate. The FM said she had merely helped an Indian who needed the document to visit his sick wife.

This particular instance has landed her in trouble. But she has been very active on social media in helping Indians everywhere facing consular and other issues.

Using Twitter, her team has helped several Indians living abroad in times of crisis. Take a look.

1. Recently, she helped an Indian who was stuck in a conflict zone in the Saudi Arabian city of Najran. His employer didn’t return his passport, so the minister took the matter in her hands.

2. When Neha Agarwal Parikh, an analyst with a credit rating agency, tweeted a request at Swaraj to get her parents out of Turkey, the minister immediately helped. Parish’s senior 'citizen parents’ were stuck at Istanbul for a day as her mother had misplaced her passport while returning home from their trip to Europe.

3. The minister also helped rescue and evacuate a woman being held in South Africa. When Gopal Keshri tweeted to Swaraj, saying that an Indian origin lady is under house arrest in South Africa and may be physically hurt, the minister got into action and in no time, tweeted that the Indian High Commission in South Africa has got in touch with the girl.

4. The time she helped a lady who’s mother met with an accident while on a vacation in Bali and the hospital refused to accept Indian insurance.

5. When an Indian girl lost her money and passport in Germany, Swaraj was the savior.

The minister got in touch with her and the next day, the Indian embassy in Berlin helped her get her permits.

6. In April, a woman in Yemen tweeted out a picture of her baby, asking Swaraj to help her with evacuation

Swaraj replied to her personally, ensuring evacuation.

7. She also helped a man recover his passport and advance money from his company abroad.

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