Sushma Swaraj’s 68th b’day: Tributes pour in for people’s leader who won hearts
Prime Minister Modi said that the late leader epitomised dignity and had an unwavering commitment to public service.
Today is the 68th birth anniversary of late former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj -- known for her dedication and unwavering commitment to public service. To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tribute to the “exceptional” colleague and outstanding minister.
The Prime Minister said that Sushma Swaraj epitomised dignity and had an unwavering commitment to public service.
Remembering Sushma Ji.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2020
She epitomised dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service. Firmly rooted in Indian values and ethos, she had great dreams for our nation. She was an exceptional colleague and an outstanding Minister. pic.twitter.com/IeEJlNRAQB
Sushma Swaraj died on August 6 last year following a cardiac arrest.
Modi said the former External Affairs Minister was firmly rooted in Indian values and ethos, and had great dreams for the country.
"She was an exceptional colleague and an outstanding minister," he added.
On the eve of her birth anniversary, the government had renamed the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a cultural centre in Delhi reflecting India's connect with its diaspora, as Sushma Swaraj Bhavan.
A solemn tribute to former EAM late Smt. Sushma Swaraj.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 13, 2020
Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and Foreign Service Institute rechristened in her memory. pic.twitter.com/WmmJH1vpLO
The Foreign Service Institute, a renowned institution in Delhi where diplomats are trained, has also been renamed the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.
The late minister’s husband also took to Twitter to mark her birth anniversary. He also posted a picture of his wife, with a knife in hand, and a cake in front of her.
Tributes to an exceptional leader Sushma Swaraj ji on her jayanti.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 14, 2020
A disciplined karyakarta, a fierce orator and an outstanding parliamentarian who never compromised on her ideals.
She will always be remembered for her kind nature & helping the distressed in their trying times.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Madhya Pradesh’s former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were among politicians who paid tributes to the late leader.
पूर्व विदेश मंत्री एवं भारतीय राजनीति की सशक्त हस्ताक्षर, सुषमा स्वराज जी की जयंती के दिन मैं उन्हें स्मरण एवं नमन करता हूँ।— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) February 14, 2020
उन्होंने अपने राजनीतिक जीवन में शुचिता का पालन किया और मूल्यों की राजनीति के प्रति उनकी प्रतिबद्धता रही। उनके योगदान के लिए उन्हें हमेशा याद रखा जाएगा।
We all fondly remember Smt Sushma Swaraj, who would have turned 68 tomorrow. The #MEA family misses her in particular.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 13, 2020
आज हमारी बड़ी बहन आदरणीय सुषमा स्वराज जी की जन्मतिथि है। उनका भारतीय जनता पार्टी को इस मुक़ाम पर पहुँचाने में बहुत बड़ा योगदान रहा है।— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) February 14, 2020
आप ने देश के विदेश मंत्री रहते हुए, दुनिया भर में बसे भारतीयों के लिए माँ, बेटी, दीदी का फ़र्ज़ निभाया। वो ममता की एक मिसाल थी।
जनसेवा के माध्यम से भारत के साथ विश्व को अपना बना लेने वाली, असाधारण वक्ता, बहन स्व. सुषमा स्वराज जी के जन्मदिवस पर कोटि-कोटि नमन! जनकल्याण और राष्ट्र उत्थान के अपने सर्वोत्तम कार्यों और श्रेष्ठतम प्रयासों के लिए आप याद आयेंगी। हमारी स्मृतियों में अनंत काल तक जिंदा रहेंगी। pic.twitter.com/Iv1TRK7QRp— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) February 14, 2020
On the Jayanti of Sushma Swaraj ji, I fondly recall her valuable guidance to me on numerous occasions. One such occasion was when she nominated me to launch the book 'Bhopal Se Mauritius Tak' at the World Hindi Conference in Mauritius. I pay my homage to the great soul???? pic.twitter.com/KBa1JZ1Wd7— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 14, 2020
Sushma Swaraj ji was admired and respected for her extraordinary public service. She was a resilient stateswoman who fulfilled all her roles with utmost diligence. Our respects to her on her birth anniversary today. #sushmaswaraj pic.twitter.com/NHSgHHQ2uP— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 14, 2020
हमेशा मुस्कुराती, कठिन समय में हिम्मत बंधाने वाली, और जिनसे हमेशा स्नेह मिलता रहा, ऐसी हमारी सुषमा दीदी के जन्मदिन पर उन्हें मेरा नमन।— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 14, 2020
वो असमय ऐसे चली जायेंगी, इसकी कल्पना भी नही की जा सकती थी। मेरी यादों में दीदी एक प्रेरणास्रोत और एक आदर्श की तरह हमेशा जीवित रहेंगी। pic.twitter.com/IBjyC2pyBK
A senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, Swaraj was the second woman to hold the office Ministry of External Affairs, after Indira Gandhi.
She was elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest Cabinet Minister of the Indian state of Haryana. She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi from 13 October 1998 to 3 December 1998.
Sushma Swaraj will always be remembered for her kind and helping attitude towards every Indian stranded in the foreign soil. Known for witty tweets, she was also one of India's most-followed politicians on Twitter with over 13 million followers.