Daughter of late politician Sushma Swaraj, Bansuri, posted a throwback picture on social media with her mother, wishing her a happy birthday. The former Foreign Minister of India died three years ago due to a cardiac arrest.
At the age of 67, Sushma Swaraj passed away on August 6, 2019. The former External Affairs Minister and veteran BJP leader was cremated with state honours and her last rites were performed by her daughter, Bansuri, alongside her husband, Swaraj Kaushal.
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Last year, on Sushma Swaraj’s death anniversary, her daughter had posted on Twitter a message, reading, “Mother, you live in me as my soul. Your conscience guides my decisions and your ideals ignite my life’s path. Oh god, you stole the mother, now keep her safe.”
Today, on the occasion of Sushma Swaraj’s 70th birth anniversary, Bansuri wrote on Twitter, “Your blessings, your morals and your values are always with me. Happy Birthday mom @SushmaSwaraj. Happy Birthday Ma, #SushmaSwaraj You are the joy of my life!” She also shared an old picture with Sushma Swaraj from when Bansuri was a child.
Sushma Swaraj was one of the most popular women politicians in India. She served as the minister of external affairs from May 26, 2014, to May 30, 2019. She was also the second woman to hold this position after the late Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.
Swaraj was a known advocate of gender equality and took it upon herself to speak on the issue in spaces that mattered the most. In 2017, while attending a review meeting on national policy for women, she had advocated the need to encourage men to do household chores. “Men should be encouraged to study home science in college and hone their culinary skills, while women should be motivated to take up physical education, especially martial arts, as an effort to banish gender bias from society.” Read more here.
In 2019, it was announced that a Delhi University college in Fatehpur Beri village will be named after the deceased politician. The college will be built on land recently allotted to them by the Government of NCT( National Capital Territory of Delhi).