External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for extending help to the needy on social media. She has aided a huge number of people who were suffering abroad and helped them get back to India. Her interventions have won across-the-board praise and her popularity can be gauged from the fact that she has as many as 8.18 mn followers on Twitter. On several occasions she has reached out to people having visa related problems through this social media site and ordered Indian embassy and high commission staff to help to the affected – just today she has asked current Indian ambassador to the US Navtej Singh Sarna to send a report about a Sangareddy youth who was shot in California. She posted this tweet: “Navtej – Pls send me a report on this.” Her prompt responses have been extremely appreciated on social media sites, so much so that the minister has earned a reputation for being the most responsive minister in the Narendra Modi-led government.
However, all of these interventions have been confined to being earth based or confined to digital space. Still this has not stopped the minister from indulging in a bit of humour and taking the services of the Ministry of External Affairs into actual space – the astronomical kind! Mars, to be precise!
Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you. https://t.co/Smg1oXKZXD
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 8, 2017
— karan Saini (@ksainiamd) June 8, 2017
Some time back, a man named Karan Saini tweeted his SOS to Swaraj saying he was stuck in Mars and needed food. “@SushmaSwaraj I am stuck on mars, food sent via Mangalyaan (987 days ago), is running out, when is Mangalyaan-II being sent ? @isro” he tweeted. He also tagged both the minister and also the ISRO Twitter handle. Without taking much time the minister responded with a knockout punchline. She posted, “Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you”. Proving once again that nobody should mess with her at all.
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In another recently case, the minister had promised medical visa to a Pakistani man for his father’s operation in India, provided Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz recommends his case.Swaraj while responding to man’s plea wrote on Twitter, “My sympathies are with you. We will give you the visa. Sartaj Aziz Sahib should recommend your case”, an Indian Express report said.