Responding to a tweet, Sushma Swaraj helps son perform father’s last rites by getting embassy opened on a holiday

On October 10, Twitter user Sarita Takru reached out to Swaraj on the micro-blogging site informing her that she had lost her husband.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:October 12, 2016 3:12 pm
Sushma Swaraj helps son to perform the last rites of his father Sushma Swaraj helps son to perform the last rites of his father

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj continues to prove that her department is just a tweet away should you need its services. Recently, she helped over 20 girls to return safely to Pakistan as they were worried if they would after given the tense status of relationship between the two countries. With an emotional touch, she responded to the head of the contingent saying, “I was concerned about your well-being because one’s daughter is everyone’s daughter.”

On October 10, Twitter user Sarita Takru reached out to Swaraj on the micro-blogging site informing her that she had lost her husband and her only son who is to perform his father’s last rites is in the United States. She told the minister that he needs to be in India but he won’t get Visa till October 13 because the embassy is closed. “@SushmaSwaraj lost my husband ystrday. My only child, Abhai Kaul, Am citizen, can’t get Indian visa before Local Thursday. Is this human?” wrote Takru. “This dreadful wait must end. Please give my son Indian visa in US so his father may be cremated. Please support. Need empathy,” she added.

Swaraj immediately swung into action and made sure the embassy worked during holidays to provide a visa to her son. “I am sorry to know about the sad demise of your husband. Just wait – I will help you. Our Embassy in US is closed for Vijaya Dashmi and Moharram. I have sent a message. We will open the Embassy and give visa to your son,” responded Swaraj.

Here’s what happened next.

Well, there is no denying the social media help service of the MEA is doing a fab job!

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  1. S
    Oct 12, 2016 at 10:58 am
    Each and every politician especially parrikar should learn from Sushma Swaraji.
    1. सुनील भट्ट
      Oct 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm
      बधाई हो आप को माँ
      1. E
        Oct 21, 2016 at 10:46 am
        Kudos to Foreign Minister. lt;br/gt;But it also gives a very big question that why our Embies are not efficient too. Why not visa on arrival is being granted. Had our officers been efficient and helpful, this situation would not have created. Its time to introspect. I have come across many instances from foreigners, who prefer to have business with China compare to India, This is simply due to our dreadful bureaucracy, red tapism and in-efficient administration.
        1. H
          Oct 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm
          Reading all this increases my respect and admiration for you and the government. You are undoubtedly the best foreign minister of our country and I wish that your term never ends.
          1. I
            Oct 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm
            My heartfelt congrats to Madam Swaraj for being true human being.
            1. Z
              Oct 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm
              Great Job # Respect
              1. V
                Oct 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                Nice gesture but one Qs...why Indian embies and consulates themselves are not efficient enough to help people in distress and why a Minister need to intervene by public display of concerns every time ? Is it a publicity that Govt. is working ? .....................................Had consulates/ embies were efficient ,these things would have happened behind the scene and govt. would not get chance for marketing
                1. R
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                  This is the definition of a people's;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thanks Sushma Swaraj ji
                  1. S
                    Oct 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                    Super job by current;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The empathy which was missing for so many years.... lt;br/gt;Thank you Sushmaji
                    1. S
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm
                      Hats off.....
                      1. S
                        s c
                        Oct 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                        Speechless.... thanks you Sushmaji
                        1. V
                          V Raina
                          Oct 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                          If the visa was going to be granted in any case then why the Visa on arrival option was not used?!?!
                          1. V
                            Oct 12, 2016 at 10:13 am
                            Hats off Sushmaji and BJP govt.
                            1. V
                              Oct 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm
                              Everybody who is cribbing about indian beauracrats and embies should compare it with other embies -- its a common behaviour across all of them, they all give ambiguous information, take time, nobody can question why it was rejected, no body will respond more than a standard response of looking at FAQs on website. We should all appreciate this was a holiday and despite that indian emby helped a distressed person
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