Rahul Gandhi writes a letter to Sushma Swaraj's husband Swaraj Kaushal

Updated: Aug 25, 2019, 17:53 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Rahul Gandhi opined that with Sushma Swaraj's demise, the nation has lost an extraordinary Parliamentarian and a gifted orator

Rahul Gandhi writes a letter to Sushma Swaraj's husband Swaraj Kaushal
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expresses his condolences to family members of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: After the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday wrote a letter to Swaraj Kaushal, her husband condoling the demise of the BJP stalwart. Gandhi opined that with Swaraj's demise, the nation has lost an extraordinary Parliamentarian and a gifted orator.

"I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of your wife Sushma Swarajji. We have lost an extraordinary Parliamentarian and a gifted orator," Gandhi said. "In her stint as the External Affairs Minister, her responsiveness and compassion for people in need, won her the respect of people around the world. Even her personal ailments did not diminish her public-spiritedness. You and your daughter Bansuri are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Sushmaji's legacy will live on and continue to touch the lives of millions of Indians. I wish you peace and courage in this hour of grief, the letter read.

Swaraj breathed her last on Tuesday night at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after suffering a cardiac arrest. She is survived by husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.

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The 67-year-old was feeling restless at 9 pm and she was brought to the hospital at around 9:30 pm in an ambulance, according to sources at AIIMS. The former minister of External Affairs was declared dead at 10:50 pm. Swaraj was the foreign minister in the first term of the Modi government in 2014. She opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing ill health.

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Sushma Swaraj: A powerful orator, people's minister and politician of many firsts
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    Sushma Swaraj also known as Chinku Swaraj was born on February 14, 1952 at Ambala Cantonment, Haryana. Her maiden surname was Sharma. Her father Hardev Sharma was a prominent member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Sushma Swaraj's mother's name was Laxmi Devi. Sushma Swaraj's parents hailed from Lahore

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    Sushma Swaraj studied at Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala Cantonment. She got her bachelor's degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science. Later, Sushma Swaraj studied law at Punjab University in Chandigarh. Sushma Swaraj was declared best cadet of NCC for three consecutive years at SD College, Ambala Cantonment

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    Sushma Swaraj was a brilliant orator since her younger days. She won the best Hindi Speaker award for three consecutive years in a state-level competition held by the Language Department of Haryana

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    In 1973, at the age of 21, Sushma Swaraj started her practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. She was a lawyer by profession. Her alma mater Punjab University honoured her with the degree of Doctor of Laws

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    Sushma Swaraj entered politics in 1970s with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that is All Indian Student Council, the right-wing students organisation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

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    Sushma Swaraj married Swaraj Kaushal, fellow advocate at the Supreme Court of India during the Emergency period, on July 13, 1975. Apparently, the Emergency movement brought the couple together. After the Emergency, Sushma Swaraj joined the Bharatiya Janata Party

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj with her husband Swaraj Kaushal on their wedding day

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    Sushma Swaraj leaves behind her husband, Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri Swaraj

    Sushma Swaraj's husband Swaraj Kaushal served as a Member of Parliament from 1998 to 2004. He also served as the Governor of Mizoram from 1990 to 1993. Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj is an alumnus of The University of Oxford and a Barrister at Law

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj with her husband Swaraj Kaushal during 'Karwa Chauth'

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    Sushma Swaraj and her husband Swaraj Kaushal were credited as the 'Most Distinguished Couple' by Limca Book of Records for their achievements and distinction at a young age

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    Sushma Swaraj became a member of the Haryana State Legislative Assembly and a Cabinet Minister in Haryana at the age of 25 in 1977. Steeped in party ideology, Swaraj was sharp with her political punches. She became the country's youngest Cabinet minister in Haryana government when she was only 25.

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    Sushma Swaraj became the President of Janata Party in Haryana in 1979 when she was 27. She was elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj with Narendra Modi

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    Sushma Swaraj served as Cabinet Minister in Haryana for Labour & Employment, Housing, Education. She also held positions like Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Telecommunication, Health & Family Welfare,  Parliamentary Affairs in the Union Cabinet and Minister for External Affairs in the Union Cabinet

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj with her 'rakhi brother' M Venkaiah Naidu

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    Did you know that Sushma Swaraj was the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi? She served for 52 days from October 13, 1998, to December 3, 1998, to spearhead the BJP's challenge in the assembly polls. After BJP lost the polls, she returned to national politics. 

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj with Atal Behari Vajpayee

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    As a Minister of External Affairs in the first Narendra Modi-led government, Sushma Swaraj built a reputation for being available on social media to help out those who reached out to her

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj has a hearty laugh with Congress leader Murli Deora while his son Milind Deora and Priya Dutt are seen in the background

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    Sushma Swaraj was Indian Parliament's first and only female MP to receive the 'Outstanding Parliamentarian Award' for her contribution to Indian politics

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    As a member of BJP, Sushma Swaraj grew in the party ranks and became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1990. She had friends across the political spectrum and was held in high regard by leaders of all parties

    In picture: Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari (in the background)

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    On August 6, 2019, former External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away after suffering cardiac arrest. She was 67. The senior BJP leader was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences around 9:30 pm and was straight away taken to the emergency ward where she later breathed her last. 

    In pic: Mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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