India’s former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away last night after suffering from a heart attack. The 67-year-old is fondly remembered by expatriates in Bahrain and around the globe for her dedication and prompt responses to help concerned expatriates. She stood as the true voice for her people.
Over the years, the veteran politician had visited Bahrain multiple times. Last year she arrived in Bahrain to co-chair the second joint commission meeting with Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. That was the EAM’s third visit to Bahrain in her capacity as External Affairs Minister.
Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa expressed his condolences.
“Indian leader, former External Affairs 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” tweeted Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
Chief Executive Officer of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) and Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Ausamah Abdullah Al-Absi also took to Twitter to express his condolences.
“My heartfelt condolences to the people of India, the Indian community in Bahrain, and the Indian Ambassador and diplomats in Bahrain on the passing of Sushma Swaraj” tweeted LMRA CEO Ausamah Abdullah Al-Absi.
Delegates representing Bahrain had attended the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) that took place earlier this year and received the opportunity to interact with the former Foreign Minister at her office.
“On behalf of NRI Council and the NRI World, we offer our deepest condolences on the passing of our Former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. We are really missing you, Ma’am. Our deepest and most sincere condolences, may your soul of rest in peace” said Director Humanitarian Aid World NRI Council Middle East and Bahrain resident Sudheer Thirunilath.
“One of India’s most respected leader and great human being who showed remarkable dedication in her service with wisdom and foresight, she made a great leap in the field of foreign affairs. She will be remembered and missed forever by the NRI World” he said.
As the external affairs minister, Swaraj helped implement the foreign policy of the Modi government which witnessed an expansion in engagement with the Indian diaspora across the world. During her tenure, Swaraj had been active and popular on Twitter reaching out to the Indian diaspora in distress for assistance.