Sushma Swaraj named in FP’s Global Thinkers 2016 list, PM Modi says ‘very proud’

Sushma Swaraj was cited in the list 'for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy.'

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:December 14, 2016 12:23 pm
sushma swaraj, FP global thinkers list 2016, sushma swaraj twitter, sushma swaraj surgery, foreign policy list, sushma swaraj news, sushma swaraj kidney transplant External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Source: PTI Photo)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who ushered in a new style of diplomacy through dynamic engagement on Twitter, was named in the Global Thinkers List of 2016 compiled by Foreign Policy magazine.

Swaraj, who is currently recuperating after a kidney transplant, was included in the ‘Decision-makers’ category alongside former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary General Bank ki-Moon and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. She was cited in the list ‘for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy.’ The minister, who has 6.8 million followers on Twitter, has resolved issues ranging from passport problems to rescuing overseas Indians trapped in conflict-prone conditions. Her popular perception was so positive that many came ahead to donate their kidneys for her transplant surgery.

“From evacuating Indians from Yemen to helping replace lost passports, Swaraj has earned the nickname “the common tweeple’s leader” for her aggressive use of Twitter,” the magazine noted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted congratulating Swaraj for the recognition and called her ‘hardworking.’

Apart from Swaraj, other Indians on the list included Anupama Nayar and Vineet Nayar, co-founders of Sampark Foundation in ‘the Moguls segment for unplugging technology so kids can learn.’ The couple are trying to revamp primary education in rural areas with low-tech teaching tools. Alongside them in the category of people ‘who put their money where their morality is’ are Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

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    kamath Ramesh
    Dec 14, 2016 at 9:31 am
    Congratulation to Swaraj for being named as global thinker. She really deserve much more than that. The way she has worked as MEA is really commendable and no MEA has ever worked in the past. It is good news that she is recuperating from her illness. God bless her and give her long life with better health so that she can use it for the welfare of mankind.
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      KM
      Dec 14, 2016 at 7:08 am
      She deserves as she is helpful to lot of NRI who are suffering. However, she is like Atal i.e. right person with wrong party (bjp) and wrong leader (Modi)
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        Babu
        Dec 14, 2016 at 7:47 am
        It seems women are better leaders than men. Men are too much into their egos and 56 inch chests, while forgetting all about the problems of the citizens of state. Men usually stick to their decisions even if these decisions are wrong and drastic. Because of their egoes they never take back steps to correct the situations, even if 100s and 1000s die. Look around the world and it is the same story everywhere.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But women like Jayalalita and Mamata seem to understand the women, poor, farmers and other commen peoples problems more. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sushma Swaraj is definately a Pradhan Mantri material. Hope she gets well soon for the good of her health, India and its citizens.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Bharat!
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          Babu
          Dec 14, 2016 at 7:34 am
          She cares for the common citizens of India. That is why somany people from diverse cles offered their own kidneys to her for replacement. Hope she recovers well soon and give some guidance to her BJP party members.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind!
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            Babu
            Dec 14, 2016 at 7:31 am
            Sushma Swaraj is definately a Prime Ministerial material in these dire times of India. She should come to the rescue of her BJP party.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;She listens to the cries and problems of common citizens of India and prompty finds a solution.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But at present times, so many people of Indian are dying, still the present leaders of India doesn't try to find any solutions, while keeping on bragging about their egos and sarcastic lectures.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lord Rama Chandra loved their citizens like their own children. But present Kali-yuga leaders only care about their own political parties, own members of parliament and their own industrial friends. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Common citizens are made to suffer so much and even die standing in line for their own money.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Very sad situation in India. Sushma Swaraj should provide some guidance to her BJP party comrades. But they will never listen being stuck in their own egos.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Bharat!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sad situation.
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              sachith
              Dec 14, 2016 at 10:30 am
              Congratulations...lt;br/gt;at least some one working for us.lt;br/gt;Thank you
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                Saleem
                Dec 14, 2016 at 11:07 am
                Congratulation,
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                  YNS
                  Dec 14, 2016 at 7:28 am
                  No she is in right party.lt;br/gt;Doing right things. She could not have done the right thing in other parties.
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