Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on the evening of August 6 due to a cardiac arrest.
A political stalwart, Sushma Swaraj will be fondly remembered as a people's minister. Possibly the most proactive and diligent ministers in the country, Sushma Swaraj's legacy shines through as the nation dissolves party lines to pay their tributes to her.
Social media has been swarming with tribute messages from several leaders of various political alignments and significant officials from various industries standing in solidarity for her.
India has lost a great leader. Sushma ji was a very warm and remarkable person. May her soul rest in peace.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 7, 2019
Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019
Saddened, pained & broken on demise of Sushmaji. She was one of the most outstanding politicians in the Present Era. She distinguished in all positions. She held Senior Positions with the Party, NDA Govt. & while in opposition. She leaves behind a void which is difficult to fill.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) August 6, 2019
Deeply shocked to learn of the passing away of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Difficult to accept this news. The whole nation grieves, the Foreign Ministry even more so.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 6, 2019
Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Smt Sushma Swaraj. The country has lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life. Ever willing to help others, she will always be remembered for her service to the people of India #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 6, 2019
I have an axe to grind with you Didi . You made Bansuri pick a restaurant to take me for a celebratory lunch. You left without fulfilling your promise to the two of us.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 6, 2019
असंख्य महिला कार्यकर्ताओं की प्रेरणा दीदी का आकस्मिक निधन हम सबको स्तब्ध कर गया । आज उनके शोकाकुल परिवार के प्रति सहानुभूति व्यक्त करती हूँ ।एक कार्यकर्ता के नाते महिला उत्थान के प्रति अगर हम अपना जीवन समर्पित करे तो वो दीदी के प्रति सच्ची श्रधांजलि होगी । pic.twitter.com/J7aJTCQtpm— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 7, 2019
Shocked at the untimely demise of Smt. @SushmaSwaraj. Paid my respects and expressed my condolences to her family. Her speeches in the Parliament, full of substance and firepower, motivated several of us. Sharing a photo from the 2014 swearing in ceremony. pic.twitter.com/in8y5k0OwO— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 6, 2019
I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
My condolences to her family in this hour of grief.
May her soul rest in peace.
Om Shanti 🙏
Deeply saddened and shocked by the news of untimely demise of former Union Minister Smt #SushmaSwaraj, who was a principled leader, splendid orator with full of dignity & grace. The country has lost one of its tallest leader. My sincere condolence. May her soul rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/rQM1o9yjgS— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) August 7, 2019
सुषमा जी विचारधारा को समर्पित व्यक्तित्व थी। देशहित के विषय को अंतरराष्ट्रीय मंच पर उठाना हो या विदेशों में अपने नागरिकों की समस्या का समाधान हो, उन्होंने अपनी कुशल कार्यशैली से हमेशा सबकी समस्याओं का समाधान किया।— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 6, 2019
उनका जाना देश के लिए एक अपूरणीय क्षति है।
Congress leader Shri @RahulGandhi joined by party leaders paid his respects to the Former Union Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj ji.— Youth Congress (@IYC) August 7, 2019
May her soul rest in peace and may her legacy live on. #RIPSushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/cVYFUNykOK
Senior BJP leader LK Advani: The nation has lost a remarkable leader. To me, it is an irreparable loss and I will miss Sushmaji’s presence immensely. May her soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to Swaraj ji, Bansuri & all members of her family. Om Shanti. #SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/4FuLwWAgli— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Sushma Swaraj ji is no more.A big loss to our nation. Personally,she was always a good friend, philosopher & guide throughout my years in Parliament.Soft spoken yet firm, always empathetic to people’s problems, she was unique in many ways &endeared herself to the public always🙏 pic.twitter.com/fbB806MBeR— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) August 7, 2019
Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing away of stalwart leader Smt.#SushmaSwaraj! The nation will miss her effervescence, warmth and unmissable receptiveness as a leader!— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) August 6, 2019
Saddened to hear about the sad demise of Smt Sushma ji.— Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) August 6, 2019
We shared very cordial relation during my time in Parliament. She was a rare leader who was above party lines & was always respectful to all.She will always be remembered for her service to the nation. My deepest condolences
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia: We express our sincere condolences to the people of India on the premature passing away of the former Foreign Minister of this friendly country. #SushmaSwaraj (file pic) pic.twitter.com/VAeOvXCsiI— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Shocked to hear about Sushma ji . I had known her for thirty years. She was very bright, brave, disciplined but above all, kind. She brought that kindness to her ministry through which she helped so many people every day.— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) August 7, 2019
We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/T9wg739c8i— Congress (@INCIndia) August 6, 2019
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Ji. Her contribution to the nation in various leadership roles will never be forgotten. Her stellar work as MEA will be looked upon as an exemplary model of governance. I pray God to give strength to the family pic.twitter.com/V241dX5sON— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) August 6, 2019
Condolence message from Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the death of Smt Sushma Swaraj pic.twitter.com/XxDfV3CnRE— Congress (@INCIndia) August 7, 2019
Shocked & saddened by this news. I last saw Sushmaji at @PMOIndia's swearing-in two months ago. She was a brilliant speaker in Hindi, a genuine "people's person" in Government &I was proud of our excellent relationship when I chaired the External Affairs Committee. Om Shanti... https://t.co/1Q2kpUSj3x— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 6, 2019
Indian leader , former External Affaires Minister , who always called me “My Brother “ , Sushma Swaraj , is not with us Anymore. Rest In Peace “ My dear Sister “ India and Bahrain will miss you #SushmaJi pic.twitter.com/gQgeAFe7ly— خالد بن أحمد (@khalidalkhalifa) August 6, 2019
Very tough to believe Sushmaji is no more. Worked very closely with her in d last several years. She was a great leader no doubt, but more than that an outstanding human being with utmost positivity, a rarity these days. Irreparable loss. Tearful homage.— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) August 6, 2019
Oh dear! Too young to go. Loved her feisty attitude. She did well for India. #SushmaSwaraj— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 6, 2019
Sushmaji..we shall miss you dearly..🙏🏼— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) August 6, 2019
shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news re #SushmaSwaraj My sincerest condolences. Knew her from SC days, as highly cultured attendee at my wife’s ghazal & sufi recitals, most graceful, powerful orator, warm & helpful. Very soft & considerate yet committed to causes— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) August 6, 2019
Sushmaji rose through the ranks to become the External Affairs Minister of India.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 6, 2019
During her tenure as the Foreign Affairs Minister she introduced a new sensitivity and sensibility in the functioning of the MEA. She was known as the People’s Minister.
As we mourn the passing away of Sushma Swaraj ji, in this moment of grief - a positive thought & vibe wanting to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for serving India 🇮🇳 #JaiHind #SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/wEzBu09w4C— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) August 6, 2019
Deeply saddened by the news of Sushma Ji's demise, may her soul rest in peace. 🙏🏼— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 7, 2019
#RIPSushmaSwarajJi ...an amazing leader, orator and minister..... condolences to the family...🙏🙏🙏— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 6, 2019
Hamid Ansari: I have deep respect for her&she'll always stay alive in my heart. She was like a mother to me. After my return from Pakistan,she guided me to look ahead. It's a big loss for me. (Pic 2-File pic of Ansari meeting Sushma Swaraj on 19thDec'18 after his return from Pak) pic.twitter.com/kY3Jk68stR— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Leaders have been swarming by the hundreds all morning at her home to pay their respects.
Delhi: Samajwadi Party founder and former Uttar Pradesh CM, Mulayam Singh Yadav pays tribute to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. pic.twitter.com/YZMo6OmyDI— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa paid last respects to former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj, at her residence in Delhi, today. pic.twitter.com/U5TyMLXO5s— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla pays last respect to former External Affairs Minister & BJP leader #SushmaSwaraj, at her residence. She passed away last night due to cardiac arrest. pic.twitter.com/DTRJEBM4mC— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
And several others as well are remembering her in their own way.
All this stands testament to what a brilliant and approachable leader Sushma ji was.
Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur:Could not believe that she would leave us so soon, still can't. It's a huge loss for the entire country. She always helped people. Whether it was Hamid Ansari, Sarabjit, Geeta or Jadhav, she helped all. May her soul rest in peace. #SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/YHcrejm5o7— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
An artist from Uttar Pradesh's Amroha, Mohammad Zuhaib, pays his last respects to former External Affairs Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader #SushmaSwaraj by making a charcoal portrait. pic.twitter.com/ElNAmhRoOe— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Politics is an arena where women are scarcely found. An independent, powerful force, no matter what your political leanings, #SushmaSwaraj inspires every young girl to work for this nation. RIP ma'am. Twitter is the best place to pay you homage as you made the best use of it. 🌺 pic.twitter.com/uo84Vi5KsS— Aditi (@AditiChaudhary4) August 6, 2019
Thank you, Sushma ji. You were truly one of the best leaders we've ever had. And you will always be remembered for going above and beyond your call of duty towards the nation and the people.