An Indian to be living outside India could be a tough thing sometimes but not so much when we have the Minister of External Affairs like the lady as eminent as Sushma Swaraj. Her twitter handle is the best place to visit if you want to see how she could help people around the world, with a mere 140 character tweet.
Swaraj is probably one of the favorite politicians of the country, thanks to her wise and immediate actions that can help people in dire need. The woman can also teach you a thing or two with her savage comebacks on the micro-blogging site like this incident. Recently, a student from Jammu & Kashmir was not only helped by the minister but has also been taught a good lesson.
Sheikh Ateeq (@SAteEQ019) who belongs to J&K was studying in Philippines when he urgently needed to get back to his home, India due to health issues and requested Sawaraj to help him get a new passport.
Ateeq, when tweeted the minister, had his profile bio description of where he belongs as ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’.
Ateeq’s tweet read: “I m from j&k doing medicine course here in Philippines my passport got damaged i applied for new one 1 month ago i request u plz help me get it as i literally need to go home for medical check up (sic).” He had also tweeted earlier on April 5 for the same concern.
The External Affair Minister pointed out something and without any delay schooled the student some geography lesson saying he would surely get the required help but there is no such place as mentioned in his bio.
Sushma Swaraj replied on the Tweet: “If you are from J&K state, we will definitely help you. But your profile says you are from ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’. There is no place like that.”
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 10, 2018
The student followed Swaraj’s tweet and was quick to change his bio description from the profile to “Jammu & kashmir/ Manila”. The External Affair Minister acknowledged Ateeq’s action and directed the Indian Embassy in Manila, Philippines to assist the student in the crises.
“I am happy you have corrected the profile. Jaideep – He is an Indian national from J&K. Pls help him,” the minister tweeted.
Ateeq, the student, seems to have deleted his twitter account after the story went viral.
The minister’s tweet had been shared over 6,700 times and with 11.7 million Twitter followers, Swaraj goes to lengths to respond to the requests on her twitter.
Sushma Swaraj has helped many Indians in distress quite a few times by directing instructions to officials on Twitter. Even PM Narendra Modi, during a June 2017 community event in Virginia, praised the governance of the minister and how she is setting an example with effective use of social media.