Former Indian minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

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Former Indian minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

Sushma Swaraj, India's former external affairs minister passed away on Tuesday, 6th August. The 67-year-old Swaraj had been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday evening after complaining of cardiac problems.

Following her admission, she was reportedly administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but was not able to be revived. Prior to entry in Indian politics, Swaraj was a Supreme Court lawyer. She won her first national assembly elections in 1996 and in 1998, had also served as the chief minister of Delhi for a few months.

Swaraj underwent a kidney transplant in 2018 and the same year, she had announced she would not be contesting the 2019 national assembly elections. She was a Member of Parliament from Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. Swaraj became the only second woman after former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi to helm the external affairs ministry in Narendra Modi's cabinet during his first term as the Indian PM.

She was one of the most popular ministers and used Twitter adroitly to help Indians, both in India as well as overseas with their concerns. Condoling Swaraj's death, PM Modi tweeted, "A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end.

India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor." Swaraj's last rites were performed on Wednesday. She is survived by her husband and daughter.