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Sushma Swaraj: A journey from College student to External Affairs Minister

Sushma Swaraj had many feathers in her cap; she was a prolific political personality of India and won many hearts while she was holding the post of External Affairs Minister.

Aug 7, 2019 10:14 IST
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Sushma Swaraj will be always remembered as a politician who turned twitter into a helpline during her foreign minister tenure. Sushma Swaraj passed away due to a cardiac arrest on yesterday night. Swaraj was 67. A few months ago she opted out of contesting Lok Sabha elections due to health reasons.

Sushma Swaraj had served four terms in the Lok Sabha, she represented South Delhi and Vidisha twice each in the Lok Sabha. She was also elected to the Rajya Sabha thrice. Apart from her famous external minister tenure, she famously contested against Congress leader Sonia Gandhi from Bellary in September 1999.

Sushma Swaraj: Education and Early days of politics

• Sushma Swaraj earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science from Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala Cantonment, Haryana.
• After that, she got admission in Punjab University for a law degree. She had also won the best Hindi Speaker award for three consecutive years in the competition organized by the Language Department of Haryana.
• In the year 1973, she started practising law as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. However, she started her political career with ABVP in the 1970s.
• Swaraj dynamically participated in JP Movement and later, after the emergency, she joined the Bhartiya Janta Party.
• At the age of 25, she became a member of Haryana legislative assembly from 1977 to 1982 and 1987 to 1990.
• She became a state Cabinet Minister in the Janta Party, on July 1977, under leadership of then Chief Minister Devi Lal.
• From 1987 to 1990, she was holding the post of Education Minister of Haryana state in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Lok Dal.

Sushma Swaraj as Chief Minister of Delhi

Sushma Swaraj was elected as a member of the Parliament in 1996 from South Delhi Constituency but she resigned and became the first female chief minister of Delhi on October 13, 1998. Sushma Swaraj resigned from the post of a union cabinet minister to take over as the Delhi CM. However her tenure as Delhi’s chief minister was very short (53 days), she had to resign from the post on December 03, 1998.

Sushma Swaraj as I&B Minister

Sushma Swaraj was elected from South Delhi Parliamentary constituency for the second term in March 1998. She was sworn in as Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ministry under the second term of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. She held the post from 19 March 1998 to 12 October 1998. During her short tenure as I&B Minister, she has taken a remarkable decision of declaring film production as an industry.

Sushma Swaraj as Union health minister

Sushma Swaraj was appointed as Minister of Health, Family Planning and Parliamentary Affairs on January 2003. She remained on the post until May 2004 when NDA government lost the general elections.

Sushma Swaraj as Foreign Minister

From May 2014 to May 2019 Sushma Swaraj had served as Minister of External Affairs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sushma Swaraj was only the second woman leader to hold this position after Indira Gandhi.