Indian diaspora condoles Swaraj’s demise, remembers her as a ‘caring’ minister

The Indian diaspora condoled the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and remembered her as a caring and remarkable leader. Swaraj passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. The senior BJP leader was 67. One of the most prolific politicians of India, who brought a rare empathy and a human approach to the nations diplomacy, Swarajs sudden demise triggered a wave of shock and grief among Indians living in Houston, who remembered her as a charismatic and dynamic leader, and a woman of grit. She will be remembered for her leadership in opening up the external affairs ministry and consulates across the globe to any Indian who needed help, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houstons founding secretary Jagdip Ahluwalia said. I first met her when she was health minister. She attended a rotary immunisation event in Delhi and I found her very approachable, he said, adding that she will be always remembered for being a charismatic and caring minister. Recalling Swarajs efforts to get relief for 200 Indian students who were stranded at the University of Houston in floods triggered by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, he said it was commendable how involved she got to rescue them with the help of the Consulate General of India, Houston. READ ALSO | Padma Shri recipient Subhash Kak, a Regents Professor Emeritus at the Oklahoma State University, said, I am greatly saddened by Sushma Swarajs untimely passing. A lady of great grace and ability, she had served for five years as an outstanding external affairs minister. It was generally acknowledged that she would have continued to play an important active or advisory role in Indian politics for years to come.The prayers of the entire diaspora are with her, Kak said. Celebrity Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna tweeted, And always blessing me by saying You were the spirit of Mother India. #RIP. She was a globally recognized champion of human rights and expert in diplomacy, president of the Sewa Houston Chapter Gitesh Desai said. READ ALSO |She will be always revered and remembered for her inspirational eloquence in oratory, the winner of the 2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award said. Swapan Dhairyawan, president, IACCGH, said, She represented the best of India and in global diplomatic circle she was an astute person.