NEW DELHI: A grief stricken nation is saying goodbye to former Union minister Sushma Swaraj, who died last evening. Since morning, thousands poured into her home and then at the BJP office to pay their respects to the leader whose term as the foreign minister during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Shortly before the funeral procession started, Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj and husband Swaraj Kaushal were seen saluting as state honours were paid to her.
The government is according full state honours to Sushma Swaraj, whom PM Modi described last night as “remarkable leader” with a “compassionate side” who not only played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations, but also “helped fellow Indians in distress in any part of the world”.
As the foreign minister, Ms Swaraj’s interventions ranged from seeking information on relatives stranded in avalanches in other countries to families who needed help in bringing home a relative’s body from abroad and even foreign nationals seeking urgent medical visa for treatment in India.