Sushma Swaraj was known as one of the India’s top leaders with humble nature. Sushma Swaraj contributed a lot in the development of India as a politician and a common woman. She will be always remembered as a politician who turned twitter into a helpline platform during her foreign minister tenure.
Sushma Swaraj passed away on 6th August 2019 due to cardiac arrest. She had opted out of Lok Sabha due to her health conditions. This powerful lady had served four terms in the Lok Sabha and was also elected to the Rajya Sabha twice.
Sushma Swaraj: Education and Early days as politics
- Sushma Swaraj graduated with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science from SD College Ambala Cantt, Haryana.
- After her graduation, she got enrolled in Panjab University for law degree. During this time, she was awarded as the best Hindi Speaker for three consecutive years.
- In 1973, she started practicing law as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. She had started her political career with ABVP in 1970s.
- Sushma Swaraj participated in JP Movement and later, after the National Emergency in 1975, she joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
- At the age of 25, she became a member of Haryana Legislative Assembly from 1977 to 1982 and 1987 to 1990.
- Sushma Swaraj became the State Cabinet Minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of then Chief Minister Devi Lal in 1977.
- From 1987 to 1990, she became the Education Minister of Haryana state in the BJP, Lok Dal.
Sushma Swaraj as Chief Minister of Delhi
Sushma Swaraj was elected as the member of the Parliament in 1966 from South Delhi constituency, but she resigned and became the first female Chief Minister of Delhi on 13th October 1998. However, her tenure as the Chief Minister of Delhi was very short (53 days) because she had to resign from the post on 3rd December 1998.
Sushma Swaraj as Information & Broadcast Minister
Sushma Swaraj was elected from South Delhi constituency for the second term in March 1998. She hold the position of the Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ministry under the second term of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. She held the post from 19th March 1998 to 12th October 1998. During her short tenure as I&B (Information & Broadcast) Minister, she took a remarkable decision of declaring film production as an industry.
Sushma Swaraj as Union Health Minister
Sushma Swaraj was appointed as the Minister of Health, Family Planning and Parliamentary Affairs on January 2003. She remained on the post until May 2004 when NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government lost the general elections.
Sushma Swaraj as Foregin Minister
From May 2014 to May 2019 Sushma Swaraj had served as the Minister of External Affairs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Sushma Swaraj was only the second woman leader to hold this position after Indira Gandhi.