Sushma Swaraj, Indian ex-Foreign Minister Passes Away: Bollywood Celebs Share Condolences
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Sushma Swaraj, Indian ex-Foreign Minister Passes Away: Bollywood Celebs Share Condolences

Sushma Swaraj, Bharatiya Janata Party’s most prominent woman face, passed away in Delhi, due to cardiac arrest on Tuesday, 6th August.

Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away in Delhi on Tuesday night. She was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the Indian capital, around 10:15 pm, when she suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was taken to the emergency ward but passed away soon afterwards. She was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s most prominent woman and was appointed as India's external affairs minister in 2014. Sushma however did not contest the recent Lok Sabha elections due to health concerns. She was 67 years old. As soon as the news of her demise was announced, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “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.”

Several Bollywood celebs also took to social media to express their condolences. Here’s what they had to say about the former foreign minister of India:

Andhadhun star Ayushmann Khurrana wrote: #SushmaSwaraj ji, may your soul rest in peace.

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt tweeted: “RIP Sushma ji. Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about her passing. She was always close to me and was extremely kind, since the early days. My heartfelt condolences to the family & our entire nation for this great loss.”

Bollywood actresss Anushka Sharma wrote: “Saddened to hear about the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj ji . May her soul rest in peace.”

Veere Di Wedding actress, Swara Bhasker tweeted: “RIP #SushmaSwaraj ji. She epitomised dignity, commitment to democratic norms, grace in politics. A brilliant parliamentarian, a fine bilingual orator, a humane foreign minister- she was inspiring. I differed with her ideology, but greatly admired her resolve & work  ethic.”

Bollywood actor Sunny Deol wrote: “My sincere condolences on passing away of #Sushmaswaraj ji. One of the finest leader of our country. She was special and we will miss her.Sending my prayers to family and friends.”

Jabariya Jodi actress, Parineeti Chopra expressed her admiration for the leader: “I hail from Ambala Cantt, same as Sushma Swaraj ji. Always felt proud that a woman from our small town made it big, and made a difference. Sushma ji rest in peace. You inspired me on a personal level. #RIPSushmaSwarajJi"

Actress Shabana Azmi reacted to her death by saying: “ Deeply saddened that Sushma Swaraj has passed away. Inspite of political differences we had an extremely cordial relationship. I was 1 of her Navratans as she called us during her I and B ministership and she gave industry status to film. Articulate sharp and accessible. RIP”

Filmmaker and Chef, Vikas Khanna wrote: “Thank you for letting me cook for you on your every trip to NY. And always blessing me by saying ‘Conquer the World my Son’. You were the spirit of Mother India. #RIP"

Tennis star, Sania Mirza, also expressed her shock by tweeting: “Shocked at the passing away of my dear Sushma Swaraj Ji. Had the honour of working as the brand ambassador of the 'girl child' campaign under her able guidance and will cherish my personal relationship with her forever. R.I.P. ma’am.”

Sushma Swaraj was born on 14th February 1953. In 1977, at the age of 25, she became the youngest cabinet minister of the Indian state of Haryana. From October-December 1998, she also served as fifth Chief Minister of Delhi. During her political career, she was elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Sushma Swaraj was appointed as the Minister of External Affairs of India on 26 May 2014 and held this position till 30 May 2019. She was the second woman to hold the office, after Indira Gandhi, and was an inspiration to many as a woman who broke the political glass ceiling. She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.