A prominent figure in Indian politics, an area consisting of few women, Sushma Swaraj stood out as the fiery but graceful leader. Her life was a string of consecutive high-ranking posts, before she succumbed to cardiac arrest in New Delhi. Let's have a look at some of the most iconic moments from the 'best-loved' Indian politician's life. 

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Sushma Swaraj, as a young child (on the left).

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Sushma Swaraj got her Bachelor's degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science. Here she is her NCC uniform, back in her days. 

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A young, elegant Sushma Swaraj.

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Sushma Swaraj's political career started at a very young age. Swaraj made her debut in electoral politics as a member of the Janata Party and was elected to the Haryana Assembly.

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She was sworn in as the youngest Cabinet Minister in the government of Haryana at the age of 25, in 1977.

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She was married to Swaraj Kaushal in the year 1975. 

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Together the couple had one daughter, Bansuri. 

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She was the first woman Chief Minister of New Delhi in 1998. 

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She was elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. 

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The politician held many distinguished posts like the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, of Health and Family Welfare and of Parliamentary Affairs. 

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She also served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. 

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In 2016, she was sworn in as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

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Here she is, on her duty interacting with the then-President of the United States of America Barack Obama.

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Sushma Swaraj with Foreign Ministers from across the globe. 

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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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In 2004, she was honoured with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award, becoming the first and the only woman MP to achieve this honour. 

In 2017, Wall Street Journal named her the 'Best-loved' politician in India. 

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Sushma was always a jovial person, a delight to be around as a person and contemporary. 

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She was equal parts work and play. 

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RIP, Sushma Swaraj.