A tweet by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj caught everyone's attention when she virtually demanded that a young woman boxer win a medal for the country
A tweet by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj caught everyone’s attention when she virtually demanded that a young woman boxer win a medal for the country! What is more, her wish came true! What was so eye-catching in that tweet is that Swaraj had promised the issuance of passport to Jhalak Tomar and said she “has to win” a medal and do India proud. And Jhalak lived up to the country’s, as well as External Affairs Minister’s, expectations as she bagged a silver at the Valeria Demyanova Memorial International Tournament in Ukraine on Saturday.
The tweet dates back to November 12 when Tomar’s passport had not come through at the time of her selection for the tournament and a picture of her application seeking assistance from the Regional Passport Office to expedite the process had been posted by a Twitter user. Swaraj then intervened in the matter and asked Tomar to bring back a medal for the country. “I have spoken on the given number. You will get the Passport tomorrow morning and you have to win a medal for the country,” tweeted Sushma in that tweet.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 12, 2017
15-year-old Tomar, who competes in the 54kg category, was among the seven medal winning sportspersons, four of them gold, at the tournament which concluded in the Ukrainian city of Nadvirna on Saturday. Indian boxers claimed four gold, three silver and a bronze medal in all. Prior to this tournament, Tomar won the bronze medal in the 54 kg weight category at the Junior Women’s National Boxing Championship. The young medalist hails from a small village in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
On Saturday, Sushma Swaraj posted another tweet congratulating Tomar and other boxers for their spectacular win at the international event. Arundhati Choudhary (60kg), Mitika Gunele (66kg), Raj Sahiba (70kg) and Komal (80kg) picked up gold medals at the event. The other silver-medalists were Sanjeeta (48kg) and Lipakshi (+81kg). The lone bronze-medalist for India at the event was Mounika Baggu (63kg).
Well done Jhalak. Congratulations to all the winners. You have made India proud. https://t.co/sijdb6wzlk
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 16, 2017
Sushma Swaraj has been very popular as the External Affairs Minister and is hailed for her helpful and approachable nature. She has won several admirers for her use of social media in coming to the aid of citizens promptly. Last year in December, Foreign Affairs magazine named her one of 15 ‘Global Thinkers’ of the year “for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy”.