External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is a bit of an online star. Fact is, that she is the most followed woman leader in the world on Twitter. No mean feat, if you ask us.
Her social media popularity is a result of her promptness in handling distress calls addressed to her, often by Indians stuck in difficult situations overseas. Swaraj doesn't shy away from resolving 'small' problems such as passport woes, and her Tweets and comments are often laced with wit. Swaraj's online presence is a great example of technology's boon that enables citizens to directly interact with their elected leaders and get effective help within hours.
1. When your refrigerator breaks down, who do you contact?
Brother I cannot help you in matters of a Refrigerator. I am very busy with human beings in distress. https://t.co/cpC5cWBPcz— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 13, 2016
2. She notices everything.
Sushma Swaraj is so damn cute :) I wish she had a son...I would have left the whole world for his mom :P— Neha Gupta (@ne_hah) August 9, 2016
This is interesting. https://t.co/ehFYGmiEgb— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 9, 2016
3. Solving solo honeymoon problems.
4. While she tweeted this with all her innocence and honesty, Twitter had a little fun because why not.
I appeal to fellow Indians. Next time you meet an African citizen, pl shake hand and say 'India loves you'.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 2, 2016
.@SushmaSwaraj Ma'am I just said "India loves you" to an African guy, he slapped me and said "haramkhor kala hun African nahi" 😒😂— MGR (@Being_Humor) June 2, 2016
5. Helped a citizen from trafficking in UAE.
@SushmaSwaraj need help for rescuing my sister fm UAE. She went to UAE for job on 14th but now locked in a room pls contact me +97466893988— Dev Tamboli (@Devtamboli) August 21, 2015
I have asked our Ambassador in UAE to help. He will speak to you and do the needful. @Devtamboli— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 22, 2015
We have rescued your sister with help of local Police. She is being moved to a shelter home run by Indian Embassy in Dubai. @Devtamboli— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 22, 2015
6. Helping like a boss.
7. During the deadly Chennai floods when social media came together.
If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, pl go to any of three PSKs in Chennai. They will issue u fresh passport free of charge. Pl RT— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 7, 2015
8. This Indian citizen lost her passport and money in Berlin but Swaraj came to the rescue!
In Berlin. Lost my passport. Lost my money. Indian embassy only open from 9 30 to 12 30.— Agratha Dinakaran (@Agratha) May 4, 2015
Does anyone have any contacts?
@Agratha Thanks. Our embassy in Berlin will contact you on this number.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 4, 2015
Update: Was contacted by the embassy and Sushma Swaraj herself. They're helping me out. I'll be at the embassy tomorrow.— Agratha Dinakaran (@Agratha) May 4, 2015
9. She's not only helpful but has a good sense of humor too.
We have been able to rescue Sai Srinivas and Anish Sharma from abductors in Nigeria./1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 16, 2016
I would have definitely joined the Army. But at that time women were not allowed in the armed forces. Now they say I am overage.@wadoos— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 16, 2016
10. Helping citizens across the globe.
Our High Commission in South Africa has sorted this out and your sister is flying from Cape Town airport. @monty_chadha— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 19, 2015
11. Swaraj didn't attend the cabinet reshuffle meeting but made her presence felt anyway.
Media - Pl avoid the headline : 'Sushma skips Oath Ceremony'.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 5, 2016
@BDUTT .....and so are the headlines.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 5, 2016
12. She rescued 168 Indians trapped in Iraq.
13. 'Operation Rahat' -- when she pulled off one of the largest rescue operations.
The evacuation operation from Yemen is over. General V.K.Singh is returning tonight. We are closing our Embassy there.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 9, 2015
14. Compassion towards her job and fellow citizens is unmatched.
Welcome home Sonu. pic.twitter.com/L4a4JwgVFq— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 30, 2016
She is not an orphan. If we have her contact number, we will bring her back from Kuwait. https://t.co/FgCezXC10z— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 22, 2016
Apart from all this, she's also shared her major throwbacks by sharing pictures from the past.
The list doesn't end here. Follow her on Twitter at @SushmaSwaraj for more.
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