Sushma Swaraj. Pic/PTI
In yet another prompt response to a request on Twitter, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed Indian Embassy in Washington to give visa to an Indian to attend his father's last rites.
Swaraj's directive to the Embassy came after one Sarita Takru, a resident of Karnal, appealed to the External Affairs Minister on twitter to give visa to her US-based son Abhai Kaul so he can attend his father's cremation.
However what made this special was that despite the the mission being closed for two days for Vijaya Dashmi and Muharram, Swaraj made sure that the visa is granted.
The request was such.
@SushmaSwaraj lost my husband ystrday. My only child, Abhai Kaul, Am citizen, can't get Indian visa before Local Thursday. Is this human?— Sarita Takru (@saritakru) October 11, 2016
This dreadful wait must end. Please give my son Indian visa in US so his father may be cremated. Please support. Need empathy.— Sarita Takru (@saritakru) October 11, 2016
Swaraj then tweeted this.
I am sorry to know about the sad demise of your husband. Just wait - I will help you. https://t.co/KSvgSZtq8R— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 11, 2016
Soon after Swaraj's instruction, the Indian Embassy asked Takru to share Kaul's contact details with it so that visa can be granted expeditiously.
Our Embassy in US is closed for Vijaya Dashmi and Moharram. I have sent a message. We will open the Embassy and give visa to your son. https://t.co/W5may5dy0H— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 11, 2016
The External Affairs Minister is known for her prompt response to Indians in distress abroad and this incident has just added another feather to her cap.