India mourns ex-foreign minister Sushma Swaraj: A gifted politician, orator and sensitive soul

Iconic Indian politician, a brilliant orator and tireless foreign minister who imparted a new resonance to diplomacy with a human face, Sushma Swaraj died of heart attack in New Delhi, brining to “an end a glorious chapter in Indian politics.”

Swaraj’s sudden death triggered an outpouring of national grief, with politicians straddling the ideological divide showering heart-felt praise for her multi-faceted achievements.

“A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet. “Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people.”

“Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across party lines. She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to,” said PM Modi.