Sushma Swaraj became the first woman External Affairs Minister of India on 26 May 2014. She was also been given the charge of Overseas Indian Affairs.
Although, Indira Gandhi held the post of Union External Affairs Minister prior to Sushma Swaraj, but it was in addition to the post of Prime Minister which she held in 1967 and 1984.
The other firsts
- She became the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi in October 1998
- She became the first woman spokesperson for any political party in India
- Apart from this, she also became the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana government at the age of 25 in 1977.
About Sushma Swaraj
- She is a law graduate who practised in the Supreme Court. She began her political career with RSS student wing ABVP in the 1970s.
- She served as a member of the Haryana Assembly from 1977 to 1982 from Ambala Cantonment.
- She had been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
- She was Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting during the 13-day Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government in 1996
- Duirng UPA-II regime, she was the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.