Former Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

Former Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

Former Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

Written by Staff Writer

07 Aug, 2019 | 7:02 am

*The article originally appeared on www.rt.com

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, 67, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday night after earlier suffering a heart attack. She suffered a heart attack Tuesday evening and was immediately taken to the emergency ward upon arriving at AIIMS.

An outpouring of condolences followed the news of Swaraj’s passing.“Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Swaraj, a former Supreme Court lawyer, was the second woman in India to hold office, behind Indira Gandhi and became the youngest Indian cabinet minister in 1977 at the age of 25.

She often took interest in the problems of individual Indians, helping to resolve visa delays for needy citizens and securing relief for poor areas affected by natural disasters. Swaraj remained active in politics for decades, but retired last November, citing poor health.

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