As India bid farewell to people’s minister Sushma Swaraj, her daughter Bansuri Swaraj performed her last rites at the Lodhi Crematorium. At the age of 67, the leader who introduced an empathetic angle to her ministry left the nation in a state of mourning.
India lost a versatile leader and a people’s person yesterday, when Sushma Swaraj, Ex-Minister of External Affairs breathed her last in AIIMS, New Delhi. She was rushed to the hospital after a cardiac arrest at around 10 pm on August 6. Soon after the news of her demise was confirmed, the nation went into mourning. She was cremated with state honours today, while her daughter performed her last rites.
At the age of 67, the leader who introduced an empathetic angle to her ministry left the nation in a state of mourning. She was cremated with state honours, while her daughter performed her last rites.
Tributes Pour In To Pay Homage
Her mortal remains were taken to the Lodhi Crematorium, where political leaders from all over India paid homage to her. Among the prominent leaders present there was the Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, who said, “She was like my sister who always addressed me as 'Anna' (elder brother). She was a regular at family and cultural events at my residence for a long time. Every year, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, she used to tie 'Rakhi' on my hand. I will be miss this honour this year. I have lost a valuable sister in her demise, which is an irreparable loss to me.”
Former Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too joined others and laid a wreath on the mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj. Tributes from not only India, but also from other parts of the world started pouring in, right from the moment when the news of her demise was confirmed.
Kenji Hiramatsu, Japan Ambassador to India, said, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj, former EAM of India. On behalf of the Government and People of Japan, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family and people of India.”
Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Her untimely demise is not a big loss for BJP alone, but also for national politics.”
BJP Veteran LK Advani called her a role model for women and reminisced how she never forgot to bring his favourite chocolate cake on his birthday.
Farewell Sushma ji, you will be missed!