External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is often seen helping people, be it those stuck outside the country and wanting a return or those who are facing difficulties in visa/passport issuance. Such an incident took place on Sunday, November 12 when Swaraj expedited the issuance of passport to a junior woman boxer and in return asked her to win a medal for the country.
Pugilist Jhalak Tomar, who recently won the bronze medal in the 54 kg weight category at the Junior Women’s National Boxing Championship, was scheduled to fly to Ukraine to participate in an international boxing tournament called ‘Valeria Demyanova Memorial’. With the process taking longer than required, a Twitter user Aditi Sharma approached Swaraj to expedite the process and the external affairs minister didn’t take time in doing the same.
“You will get the Passport tomorrow morning and you have to win a medal for the country,” Swaraj tweeted after speaking to the passport office.
Jhalak hails from a small village in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Though she qualified for the competition which is to be held in Nadvirna city of Ukraine with flying colours, she didn’t have a passport and hence couldn’t travel. Sensing the urgency of the scenario, Aditi Sharma started an online campaign where she kept tweeting to Swaraj to help the talented boxer.
Swaraj has won several admirers for her use of social media in helping citizens. It was because of such efforts of her, that in December 2016, Foreign Affairs magazine named her one of 15 ‘Global Thinkers’ of the year “for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy”.
Since the time she took in charge of the office, Swaraj has worked tirelessly and taken prompt action to ensure people’s problems are solved in minimum time. What deserves even more credit is the fact that she worked for the public even when she was admitted in a hospital.