External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is keeping Indian envoys across the world on their toes, when it comes to promoting the interests of citizens in trouble abroad. She has insisted that Indian embassies and high commissions be available at all times to help stranded and otherwise in trouble Indians to get back normalcy in their lives. This empathy has ensured that Swaraj has over 8 mn followers on Twitter. Considering that she has made herself available on this social networking site and personally addresses issues and even directs her officials to take necessary action there, this does not come as a surprise. In fact, Sushma is one of the most approachable ministers in PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet and this is despite the fact that the minister has just recovered from a serious surgery. The latest instance of her intervention came today when Sushma took to Twitter and 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.”
This tweet followed the shooting of Mubeen Ahmed, a 26-year-old from Sangareddy, in California by unidentified people on Sunday. It was not clear whether it was a hate crime. Ahmed had done his Masters degree in a university there, but was working at a store thereafter, according to Telangana Today. Ahmed’s stomach was ruptured and his liver damaged in the shooting which was caused by an argument breaking out between him and a group of people, his father revealed. Mubeen’s condition is still reportedly critical.
Earlier in the week, Sushma had been instrumental in getting another Indian in trouble, this time in Pakistan, out of trouble. An Indian woman called Uzma, who was forced to marry a Pakistani at gun-point, was not being allowed to leave that country. However, due to Sushma’s strong support to her case, the woman, and her child, were able to return.