On Tuesday, Sushma Swaraj's sudden demise shook the nation to its very core. The former Minister of External Affairs was 67 and suffered a massive cardiac arrest later in the day; she was rushed to AIIMS where she was declared dead. Since then, condolences have been pouring in from every nook and cranny of the world. After all, Swaraj was one of India's most beloved political leaders.
Swaraj didn't just talk the talk, but also walked the walk. To say that she was the true embodiment of "public service" would be an understatement; warm and compassionate, Swaraj always made it a point to aid those in distress - irrespective of their nationality. Suffice to say, she struck a chord with the young and old alike in India.
Naturally, social media has been flooded with heartfelt messages about how her death marks the end of a golden era in Indian politics.
While some Pakistanis on Twitter posted vile tweets on Swaraj, others pointed out that Swaraj never took nationality into account when it came to helping people in need. In November 2017, a Pakistani Twitter user named @BakhshSajida tweeted to Swaraj asking for a medical visa so that he could get his wife treated in a hospital in Haryana. On the very same day, Swaraj replied to the tweet and assured him that a medical visa would be granted.
@SushmaSwaraj me sajida bibi under went liver transplant in medenta hospital haryana two year back now developed complications i need urgent follow up i applied already for visa kindly issue my visa it humble request to you
— sajida bakhsh (@BakhshSajida) November 25, 2017
Yes. We will give you the medical visa. @IndiainPakistan https://t.co/uW9hLrS7fn
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 25, 2017
Ma'am @SushmaSwaraj this is humble request to approve our pending medical visa request of my 1year daughter for her open heart surgery
— Hira Shiraz (@shiraz_hira) October 10, 2017
We are giving visa for the open heart surgery of your one year old daughter Shireen Shiraz in India. https://t.co/Jx0h5GI0qN
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 10, 2017
@SushmaSwaraj Mam i have applied madical visa for last month for my daughter she is 9 and she need immediate born mirrow transplate need ur help a humble request frm her mother n father pic.twitter.com/a89kc80VN5
— Danish Memon (@DanishM10744644) November 27, 2017
Maria Danish - I am asking Indian High Commission in Pakistan to issue your visa immediately. @DanishM10744644
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 27, 2017
— Sidra Rafique (@SidraRafique9) August 22, 2017