Sushma Swaraj - Some Mindblowing Facts

1. From Sushma Sharma to Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj was Sushma Sharma before her marriage to Swaraj Kaushal.

sushma swaraj young


2. Links to Pakistan

Sushma Swaraj’s parents hailed from the Dharampura area of Lahore, Pakistan. She also visited Dharampura during her last visit to Pakistan.

sushma swaraj pakistan


3. Education

Sushma Swaraj got her early education from Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala Cantonment and got a bachelor degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science.

Then she studied law at Punjab University, Chandigarh.

sanatan dharma college ambala


4. A child prodigy

She also received the title of the best cadet of N.C.C at the S.D. College, Ambala Cantt for three years in a row.

sushma swaraj ncc


5. Born on 14th February 1952

Sushma Swaraj was born on 14 February 1952. Her birthplace being Ambala Cantt, Haryana, Sushma Swaraj was born to Hardev Sharma and Shrimati Laxmi Devi.

sushma swaraj childhoodSushma Swaraj (on the pillion) with her brother when she was 2

 

6. Killing with her speeches since long time

Won best Hindi Speaker award for three consecutive years, held by the Language Department of Haryana.

sushma swaraj un assembly


7. Interests

With an interest in classical music, poetry, fine arts and drama too, Sushma Swaraj can definitely be called an all-rounder!

sushma swaraj dancing


8. Start of the political career

In the early 1970s, she joined Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and from there began her political journey.

Sushma Swaraj's father was also a prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member.

sushma swaraj namaste


9. Start of professional career

In 1973, Sushma Swaraj started practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. She was part of the George Fernandes Legal Defense team in Baroda Dynamite case (1975-77) along with Swaraj Kaushal.

george fernandes


10. Marriage with Swaraj Kaushal

During the times of Emergency, Sushma Swaraj married Swaraj Kaushal on 13, July, 1973.

Swaraj Kaushal was designated as Senior Advocate by Supreme Court of India at the young age of 34. And has also served as Governor of Mizoram (February 1990 to February 1993).

swaraj kaushal


11. Youngest ever Cabinet Minister

In 1977, Sushma Swaraj became the youngest cabinet minister, at the age of 25, in the Janata Party Govt., headed by then Chief Minister Devi Lal.

sushma swaraj first cabinet ministerSushma Swaraj sworn as youngest ever Cabinet Minister in the country in 1977

 

12. Of the many firsts to be honored

In 1979, at a young age of 27, Sushma Swaraj became the State President of the Janata Party, Haryana State.

She is also the first female Spokesperson of a national political party in India. Swaraj has many firsts to her credit as BJP's first female Chief Minister, General Secretary, Leader of Opposition, Union Cabinet Minister, Spokesperson and Minister of External Affairs.

sushma swaraj namaste


13. Liberating Indian Film Industry

From the underworld to the legal papers, the journey of film production to make it to an industry, again made possible by Sushma Swaraj when she declared Indian film industry, thus making it eligible for bank finance.

Swaraj was Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting at that time (1998).

sushma swaraj and bollywood


14. First female Chief Minister of Delhi

Served as the first female Chief Minister of Delhi for a short period in 1998 (13 October – 3 December).

sushma swaraj rare pictureIK Gujral with Chandrashekhar and the then Delhi Chief Minister Sushma Swaraj in May 1998.

 

15. Contested against Sonia Gandhi in 1999

Her popularity among the crowd can be clearly seen when she managed to get 358,000 votes in her favor in just 12 days of her campaign for the Bellary constituency in Karnataka, where she had contested against Sonia Gandhi.

Though she lost by a margin of 7%, Swaraj gave a good fight to Sonia Gandhi.

sushma swaraj election campaignSushma Swaraj waves to supporters during an election rally in Bellary in 1999.

 

16. Set up up six AIIMS

During her tenure as Union Health Minister (January 2003 to May 2004) she approved 6 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh.

But All 6 AIIMS were established later in 2012.

sushma swaraj aiimsHealth Minister of South Africa Dr. M. Tshabalalla M. Slmange with Smt. Sushma Swaraj, 2003

 

17. Honored with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 2004

First and only female MP till date to be honored with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.

She has been elected seven times as a member of the parliament, and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

sushma swaraj receiving award


18. Pushed Congress in formation of Telangana

Sushma Swaraj played a major role in passing Telangana Bill which led to the formation of a separate state Telangana. Swaraj also has to argue with her own mentor Senior BJP Leader LK Advani for this.

And once she said:

“TELANGANA, WHEN YOU THANK SONIA AMMA FOR THE FORMATION OF TELANGANA STATE, DON’T FORGET YOUR CHINAMMA (SUSHMA SWARAJ REFERRING TO HERSELF)”

sushma swaraj and telangana


19. Second woman to be Minister of External Affairs

The second woman to be India’s Minister of External Affairs after Indira Gandhi.

Serving since 26, May, 2014, as Minister of External Affairs under Narendra Modi led NDA government.

external affairs minister india


20. A diplomatic genius

The crowning achievement of operation Rahat, during Yemen Crisis. When India helped manly countries including the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, Pakistan etc.

twitter tweet

 

21. Takes gemology and astrology a bit too seriously

A staunch believer in Astrology, she dresses and eats according to the stars.

sushma swaraj swag


22. Like parents, like daughter

Mother to a brilliant daughter, Bansuri Swaraj, an Oxford graduate, and a Barrister at Law, Bansuri has of course followed into the steps of her mother.

bansuri swarajSushma Swaraj (R) with her daughter Bansuri Swaraj(L)

 

23. Tweet and Viola! Solution!

Being one of t he most tech-savvy ministers, she is always there to help others in need. Many have got immediate help after they tweeted to Sushma Swaraj.

sushma swaraj famous tweet
 


24. Her Last Tweet

प्रधान मंत्री जी - आपका हार्दिक अभिनन्दन. मैं अपने जीवन में इस दिन को देखने की प्रतीक्षा कर रही थी.
@narendramodi ji - Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.
sushma swaraj last tweet
 
INDIA will always remember such a Great Leader !! RIP :(

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