External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for her prompt responses for any query directed to her on Twitter.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for her prompt responses for any query directed to her on Twitter. Swaraj has also time and again proven her sensitivity towards the problems of Indians, whether here or abroad.
Just this Sunday, Swaraj tweeted out an apology to Monika Khangembam, a Manipuri girl who had put out a post calling the immigration authorities racist. Swaraj intervened to take the matter up with the concerned people, even though immigration does not fall under her ministry.
From helping stranded Indians abroad to foreigners in India, we take a look at three recent interventions of Sushma Swaraj:
1) Manipuri girl Monika Khangembam was allegedly harassed at Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi by an immigration officer who asked her unnecessary questions about her nationality.
As per the post, the officer repeatedly asked Monika questions to test her ‘knowledge’ about India and even told her that ‘she did not look like an Indian’. The foreign minister took a cognizance of the post and assured Monika about taking the issue to notice of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
On Sunday night, Swaraj tweeted: “Monika Khangembam – I am sorry to know this. Immigration is not with me. I will speak to my senior colleague Shri @rajnathsingh ji to sensitise Immigration officials at the airport.”
2) A Russian lady who got married to an Indian in Agra in 2011, had gone on a hunger strike outside her house, alleging that her mother-in-law had thrown her out for not bringing any dowry along. The Russian lady was stranded outside her house, with no place to live. The local media had posted her video plea on Twitter tagging Swaraj.
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) July 10, 2016
Swaraj in turn had asked UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to help the lady. Akhilesh Yadav’s office had taken up the matter and tweeted soon after, “Ms. Olga has been united with the family & she will get her portion of the house to live.” “Police has filed FIR under relevant sections against her In-laws. Speedy prosecution will be ensured,” the office said.
“@SushmaSwaraj @yadavakhilesh the lady has been united with the family after counselling the in-laws,” another tweet said.
3) Neha, an Indian in Mumbai had tweeted to Sushma Swaraj seeking help for her husband and brother-in-law who were stranded in South Sudan. “@SushmaSwaraj ma’am my husband and brother in law stranded in juba in South Sudan. All flights out stand cancelled. Please help!,” she had said.
Her brother-in-law had also appealed on Twitter saying, “@SushmaSwaraj @nehahimesh dear Madam my sister in law had tweeted you me and my elder brother are here in juba our local no is +211925362985.”
Please do not worry. I have asked our mission to reach you. https://t.co/wyjUlZw7PZ
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 10, 2016
Swaraj had promptly responded saying, “Please do not worry. I have asked our mission to reach you.” Soon Neha tweeted, “@SushmaSwaraj @dadhiaveer thanks a million ma’am.. Proud to be an Indian citizen today. God bless you!!”