Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was cremated with full state honours at the Lodhi crematorium in Delhi. Swaraj passed away late Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. Her daughter, Bansuri Swaraj performed the last rites.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other prominent leaders paid last respect to former Swaraj. After paying tribute to the late leader at her residence, PM Modi got emotional as he condoled the family of the deceased. “A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people,” PM Modi said, leading the nation in paying her tribute.
Sushma Swaraj, who served as the External Affairs Minister in the Modi-led BJP government during 2014-2019, opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and was left out of the new Cabinet. She remained politically senior to every important position-holder in the current BJP government. She was the country’s first full-time woman Foreign Minister.
Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader and former external affairs minister, passed away Tuesday night. Her last rites were performed by her daughter Bansuri at the Lodhi crematorium today.
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Rahul Gandhi writes to Swaraj Kaushal: Have lost an extraordinary parliament, thoughts with family
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote to Swaraj Kaushal, husband of Sushma Swaraj after the demise of the former foreign minister.
"Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of your wife. We have lost an extraordinary parliamentarian and a gifted orator."
Manipur CM, Governor condole Sushma Swaraj's demise
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Governor Najma Heptulla on Wednesday condoled the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. While the chief minister described Swaraj as a "remarkable leader and administrator whose death will leave a
void in Indian governance", the Governor remembered the former parliamentarian as "a younger sister".
A teary-eyed Heptulla told reporters here that Sushma Swaraj had put in a lot of innovative work during her tenure as the external affairs minister and made an effort to connect with the masses. "My relationship with Sushma Swaraj was based on friendship and not politics," she said.
World leaders condole Sushma Swaraj's demise, recall her contributions
Leaders from China, Bangladesh, Iran and Singapore condoled on Wednesday the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and recalled her important role in cementing India's relations with the world. Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67.
In her tribute, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said her country had lost a "good friend". Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif recalled his "fruitful" discussions with Swaraj.
"Sushma Swaraj responded immedately to help stranded Indians abroad': Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi recalled that Swaraj, her college friend, used to promptly respond to all pleas from the Raj Nivas for help for safe return of stranded persons abroad.
"Sushma Swaraj came to the rescue of women in distress overseas. So many families from Puducherry owe their reunion to her. She was very prompt and kind. Sushma Swaraj was my university friend and we miss her in our lives," she said.
‘Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy will help you’: Netizens recall Sushma Swaraj’s tweets
Several people on Twitter are replying to a viral tweet posted by former foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away on Tuesday night. In the 2017 tweet, Swaraj had offered to help a person who claimed to be stuck on Mars. READ HERE
At Karunanidhi's first death anniversary event, Stalin observes a minute of silence for Sushma Swaraj
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Main RSS ki beti hoon: Sushma Swaraj at Idea Exchange — From the Express Archives
In 2004, Sushma Swaraj threatened to tonsure her head, wear white, and eat only roasted chana if the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi were to be sworn in Prime Minister. Over lunch one Friday noon in 2007, she told the Express team that she still stands by those statements as they stemmed from her convictions. READ HERE
China praises Sushma Swaraj's contribution to Sino-India ties
China on Wednesday condoled the demise of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and recalled her important contributions in the development of bilateral relations. The senior BJP leader passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67.
“Madam Sushma Swaraj is a senior Indian politician,” Hua Chunying, Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in written response. “China deeply mourns for the passing of Madam Sushma Swaraj and expresses sincere condolences to her family,” Hua said.
Sushma Swaraj cremated with full state honours
Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader and former union minister, was cremated with full state honours today. Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader L K Advani, gathered at the Lodhi Road crematorium to pay their final respects to the former external affairs minister.
PM Modi, LK Advani at Lodhi crematorium for Sushma Swaraj' last rites
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh are present at Lodhi Crematorium for the last rites of Sushma Swaraj.
Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of Sushma Swaraj, performs her last rites
PM Modi, BJP leaders present at Lodhi crematorium for last rites of Sushma Swaraj
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and former Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay are present at the Lodhi crematorium for the last rites of Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj will be accorded a state funeral.
Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj brought to Lodhi crematorium
Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj have been brought to Lodhi crematorium for her last rites. Swaraj will be accorded a state funeral
Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj being taken to Lodhi crematorium for last rites
Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad give shoulder to mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj
Watch: Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and other BJP leaders give shoulder to mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj as they are being taken from BJP headquarters to Lodhi crematorium in Delhi.
#WATCH Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal & other BJP leaders give shoulder to mortal remains of #SushmaSwaraj as they are being taken from BJP headquarters to Lodhi crematorium in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/H72kZ3lpQw— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
State honours accorded to Sushma Swaraj
The mortal remains of former Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is being taken from the BJP headquarters to Lodhi crematorium in Delhi for her last rites. She was accorded state honours.
Feel her loss greatly: Sonia in letter to Swaraj's family
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday described former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj as a superb orator, great parliamentarian and a lady of "extraordinary gifts". In her condolence letter to Swaraj's husband, Swaraj Kaushal, Gandhi said she shared a warm personal relationship with the senior BJP leader after being together as colleagues in the Lok Sabha for many years.
"I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing away of your beloved wife Smt Sushma Swaraj," the Congress parliamentary party leader said. "Sushma Swaraj was a lady of extraordinary gifts, her courage, determination, dedication and ability manifest in every position she held." "Above all, it was her warm personal qualities that brought a special lustre to her years in public and political life," the United Progressive Alliance chairperson added. (PTI)
Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, rescued from ISIS captivity, remembers Sushma Swaraj
Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest from Kerala who was kidnapped by suspected ISIS militants in strife-torn Yemen in 2016, said he said saddened by the news of the demise of Sushma Swaraj.
“My memory went back to the day when I happened to be speaking with her after my release on the 13th of September, 2017. Her conversation with me was more than an official authority as a minister. I felt like she was speaking to me like an elder sister," he said. READ MORE HERE
Sushma's cremation at 4: Traffic restrictions near Lodhi Road
The traffic will remain affected near Lodhi Road due to the cremation of former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, police said on Wednesday. Swaraj passed away at AIIMS after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. She was 67.
The last rites of Swaraj, who was the chief minister of Delhi from October-December 1998, will be held at Delhi's Lodhi Road crematorium later in the day. Traffic on Lodhi Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, near Neela Gumbad, Moolchand Flyover, Defence Colony Flyover, Lodhi Road Flyover and on adjoining roads will be affected from 2 pm to 5:30 pm, a senior police officer said. (PTI)
RSS condoles demise of Sushma Swaraj
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sushma Swaraj: "She was happy with the recent historic development in the nation, as she expressed before she left us. We express condolences to her family in this moment of grief."
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on #SushmaSwaraj: She was happy with the recent historic development in the nation, as she expressed before she left us. We express condolences to her family in this moment of grief. pic.twitter.com/y0Fbqirk8X— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Jaya Prada condoles the demise of Sushma Swaraj
BJP's Jaya Prada on Sushma Swaraj: "We called her ‘didi’ and today she is no more with us. She was a mother, a sister, a huge politician and a great orator as well. She did a lot for the country, especially for the poor. We have lost a great, honest and a remarkable leader."
Bellary remembers Sushma Swaraj as thayi and daughter of Karnataka
The high-voltage election contest between BJP’s Sushma Swaraj and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections brought the Bellary constituency to national limelight. Though Swaraj lost the election, she weaved an emotional connect with Bellary and helped BJP lay its base in Karnataka. As she passed away on Tuesday, her followers in the constituency remember her as Sushma ‘Thayi’ (mother in Kannada).
She would visit the district every year to celebrate the Varamahalakshmi festival – a promise she had made to the people after her defeat in 1999. But corruption allegations against her close aides in Bellary – Janardhana Reddy and BJP leader Sriramulu – in 2011 forced her to discontinue the visits. Read more
In Pictures | Sushma' Swaraj's mortal remains brought to BJP headquarters
Sushma' Swaraj's mortal remains brought to BJP headquarters. (Source: aphimages)
Home Minister Amit Shah with BJP working president J P Nadda at the BJP headquarters Wednesday. (Source: aphimages)
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Minutes before she suffered a massive cardiac arrest, former foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asked Senior Advocate Harish Salve to come and collect his fee of Re 1 for representing India at the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Narrating the sequence of events, Salve told news agency ANI that he considered Swaraj as an elder sister and was “simply stunned” to hear about her demise. Read more
Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Eman Ahmed to Pakistan nationals, Sushma Swaraj ensured medical visas for all
Two years ago, in a grand gesture on Diwali, former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced that India would grant medical visas to all Pakistanis with deserving cases. Taking to Twitter, which had become her regular mode of communication, she announced: “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases pending today.”
During her tenure as foreign minister, Swaraj had eased permissions for Pakistanis to visit India for medical treatment despite growing strains between the two countries. Read more
When Sushma Swaraj's husband thanked her for not contesting elections
When late Sushma Swaraj decided to not contest the Lok Sabha elections this year, her husband Swaraj Kaushal welcomed her decision not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Known for his tongue-in-cheek humour, Swaraj thanked his wife then to not contest elections as he is "not young any more" to run after her. Here are his tweets -
"Madam (Sushma Swaraj) - Thank you very much for the decision to not contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running."
"This marathon has been on since 1977 - that is 41 years. You have contested 11 direct elections. In fact, you contested all elections held since 1977 except twice when party did not allow you to contest in 1991 and 2004."
"You have been four terms in Lok Sabha, three terms in Rajya Sabha and thrice elected to State Assembly. You are contesting elections since you were 25 - and fighting elections for 41 years is quite a marathon."
"Madam - I am running behind you for the last 46 years. I am no longer a 19-year-old. Please, I am also running out of breath. Thank you."
Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj taken to BJP headquarter
Geeta, the girl brought back from Pakistan, pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Geeta, the Indian girl who was brought back from Pakistan in 2015 when late Sushma Swaraj was External Affairs Minister, pays tribute to the leader.
Singapore Foreign Minister mourns Swaraj's demise
Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday remembered former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's "warm friendship" and said that she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for Indian citizens.
Mourning the demise of the senior BJP leader, Balakrishnan tweeted, “I met her countless times, and will always recall her warm friendship and wise counsel. Our hearts are broken by her loss."
“Sushma Swaraj was a wonderful lady, always full of life, as she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for her citizens," wrote the Singapore minister.
Sarabjit Singh's sister condoles the death of Sushma Swaraj
Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh: Could not believe that she would leave us so soon, still can't. It's a huge loss for the entire country. She always helped people. Whether it was Hamid Ansari, Sarabjit, Geeta or Jadhav, she helped all. May her soul rest in peace
Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur:Could not believe that she would leave us so soon, still can't. It's a huge loss for the entire country. She always helped people. Whether it was Hamid Ansari, Sarabjit, Geeta or Jadhav, she helped all. May her soul rest in peace. #SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/YHcrejm5o7— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Dr Manmohan Singh's condolence message on the demise of Sushma Swaraj
Former prime minister Dr Manohan Singh's condolence message on the demise of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj: "I was shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. I have fond memories of my association with her when she was Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. She was a leader of high esteem who was highly respected by everybody irrespective of party-lines. She was a great Parliamentarian and exceptionally talented Minister of the Union Government. In her death our country has lost a respected and dedicated leader."
Rajya Sabha pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and members of the House pay tribute to former EAM Sushma Swaraj.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and members of the House pay tribute to former EAM Sushma Swaraj. M Venkaiah Naidu says, "In her untimely demise, the nation has lost an able administrator, an effective parliamentarian and a true voice of people." pic.twitter.com/Z8AFGxtop9— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Israeli Ambassador pays last respects to Sushma Swaraj
Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka pays last respects to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He said, "I convey my condolences on behalf of people & the state of Israel. It is a great loss.She was a great friend of Israel. She played a big role in the remarkable progress in Israel-India relationship."
L K Advani, daughter break down after paying tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Home Minister Amit Shah pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Home Minister Amit Shah paid tribute to Sushma Swaraj.
Union Home Minister and BJP National President Shri @AmitShah pays last respects to party’s senior leader and India’s former External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj at her residence. pic.twitter.com/Q97peagqEJ— BJP (@BJP4India) August 7, 2019
Swaraj was extraordinary woman, leader: UNGA President
UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa has expressed condolences at the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, describing her as an "extraordinary" woman and leader who devoted her life to public service.
“Saddened by the news of the passing of @SushmaSwaraj, an extraordinary woman & leader who devoted her life to public service. I had the honour of meeting her in my visits to #India, & will always remember her fondly,” Espinosa tweeted.
She added in her tweet that she sends her “deepest condolences to all of her loved ones @IndiaUNNewYork," tagging India's Permanent Mission to the UN in her message.