An ode to Sushma Swaraj: Husband shares rare pic on Twitter, tributes pour in

Swaraj was one of the most followed foreign ministers on Twitter globally.

Swaraj can be seen sporting a radiant smile in the picture, and in front of her, lies a birthday cake, with ‘Happy Birthday, Ma’ written on it.
In August last year, India lost a leader and a politician who had altered the course of Indian diplomacy and foreign affairs, both on the ground and on social media as well. Sushma Swaraj, only the second woman to hold the office after Indira Gandhi, managed to end the tyranny of distance for millions of Indians overseas, always coming to their help. From passport glitches to visa woes, or, coming to the rescue of Indians stranded in difficult situations abroad, Sushma Swaraj was just a tweet away.

On her 68th birth anniversary, her husband, Swaraj Kaushal, the former governor of Mizoram, took to Twitter to share a photograph of the late leader. Swaraj can be seen sporting a radiant smile in the picture, and in front of her, lies a birthday cake, with ‘Happy Birthday, Ma’ written on it.



Swaraj Kaushal called the late leader, ‘the joy of our lives’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, sent out a tweet on the occasion of Swaraj’s birth anniversary. The PM lauded her for being an exceptional colleague and an outstanding minister.


“She epitomised dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service,” wrote the PM.

Also paying tribute to the leader was Dr S Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs of India. Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the diplomat-turned-minister, “#MEA family misses her in particular”.
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Jaishankar, who has taken over the MEA baton in the Modi 2.0 government, also announced that the, Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra will be renamed as the Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, and the Foreign Service Institute as the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service, as a mark of respect.


The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra is a cultural centre reflecting India's connection with its diaspora while the Foreign Service Institute is a renowned institution where diplomats are trained.

For the unversed, Sushma Swaraj had tried to inculcate a sense of assertiveness in the Indian diaspora. She was very responsive on Twitter and helped Indians who were stuck in difficult situations. Swaraj even helped Pakistanis who wanted to get Indian visas for medical treatment.

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Swaraj was one of the most followed foreign ministers on Twitter globally.

Celeb Deaths Of 2019: India Lost Sushma-Jaitley, Kushal Punjabi, CCD Boss
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2019 has left a void in our hearts.

From Bollywood veterans and Hollywood celebrities to political stalwarts, we lost several personalities over the span of one year.

While big names like politicians Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld lost their lives after battling prolonged illnesses, others like businessman VG Siddhartha and actor Kushal Punjabi succumbed to their mental health struggles.

Here's a look at all the influential figures we bid adieu to this year, but they continue to stay in our hearts.

2019 has left a void in our hearts. From Bollywood veterans and Hollywood celebrities to political stalwarts, we lost several personalities over the span of one year. While big names like pol..
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2019 ended on a sad note after news of TV star Kushal Punjabi's suicide broke. The 37-year-old actor, best known for his appearance in films like 'Lakshya', 'Andaz' and 'Kaal', was found hanging at his Mumbai residence on December 27.



The actor who was last seen in popular TV series 'Ishq Mein Marjawan' left a one-and-a-half page suicide note, specifying that nobody should be held responsible for his death. In his letter, he wrote that 50 per cent of his property should be distributed equally among his parents and sister, while the remaining 50 per cent be given to his three-year-old son Kian.



Punjabi started his career as a dancer and model. He appeared in several music videos such as 'Pehla Nasha' (remix) and DJ Aqeel's 'Kehdoon Tumhen' recreation.

2019 ended on a sad note after news of TV star Kushal Punjabi's suicide broke. The 37-year-old actor, best known for his appearance in films like 'Lakshya', 'Andaz' and 'Kaal', was found hanging at h..
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The year saw a lot of veteran bid their final goodbyes, and one of them was veteran Marathi theatre and cinema stalwart Dr Shreeram Lagoo. The prolific character artiste, who was seen in numerous Bollywood movies, passed away after a cardiac arrest at his Pune residence on December 17 at 92.



He was a trained ENT surgeon by profession, but followed his passion for acting and theatre. He played an important role in the growth of theatre movement in Maharashtra in the post-Independence era alongside Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta and Arvind Deshpande.



He is well-known for his roles in Marathi plays such as 'Natsamrat' and 'Himalayachi Saoli', and V Shantaram's 'Pinjra' made him popular.



In Bollywood, Lagoo essayed memorable roles in films like 'Ek Din Achanak', 'Gharonda', 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar' and 'Laawaris'. He played Gopal Krishna Gokhale in Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi'.

The year saw a lot of veteran bid their final goodbyes, and one of them was veteran Marathi theatre and cinema stalwart Dr Shreeram Lagoo. The prolific character artiste, who was seen in numerous Bol..
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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that was a social media rage in 2014? A former college basketball player, Pete Frates, inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign who was battling the neurodegenerative disease ALS. His personal struggles helped raise awareness about the rare disease and raised millions of dollars (over $200 million, worldwide) for medical research. The world lost him on December 9 at 34, seven years after his diagnosis. He was surrounded by friends and family when he breathed his last.

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that was a social media rage in 2014? A former college basketball player, Pete Frates, inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign who was battling the neurodegenerat..
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Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who put British cuisine on the map, passed away from a head injury after collapsing in his Dubai home at the age of 59 on November 26. His family confirmed that after a nice meal with family he suddenly collapsed and died due to subdural haematoma, bleeding between the skull and brain.



The chef, who earned his first Michelin star at 26, was known to introduce the culture of gastropub to the world. He was also seen in popular international shows like 'MasterChef' and 'Hell's Kitchen'.

Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who put British cuisine on the map, passed away from a head injury after collapsing in his Dubai home at the age of 59 on November 26. His family confirmed that after a ni..
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Veteran actor Shaukat Kaifi Azmi's demise was a loss for Indian theatre and cinema. Shabana Azmi's mother, who was last seen in Shaadi Ali's 'Saathiya', passed away on November 22 in her early '90s due to age-related ailments in Mumbai.



The stage thespian, along with her husband and celebrated Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi, was a leading light of the Indian People's Theatre Association and the Progressive Writers Association, which were the cultural platforms of the Communist Party of India.



She was also seen in movies like 'Bazaar', 'Umrao Jaan' and Mira Nair's Oscar-nominated film 'Salaam Bombay!'.

Veteran actor Shaukat Kaifi Azmi's demise was a loss for Indian theatre and cinema. Shabana Azmi's mother, who was last seen in Shaadi Ali's 'Saathiya', passed away on November 22 in her early '90s d..
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The veteran Telugu actor, Geetanjali, passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 72 on October 31 in Hyderabad.



She was a part of the Lakshmikant-Pyarelal production, 'Parasmani'. Several news reports suggest that she was re-christened 'Geetanjali' by the filmmaker as the Hindi movie already had 'Mani' in its title.



She also worked in various Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films, and was known for her roles in films like 'Illalu', 'Abbayigaru Ammayigaru', 'Kaalam Marindi' and 'Sambarala Rambabu'.

The veteran Telugu actor, Geetanjali, passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 72 on October 31 in Hyderabad.She was a part of the Lakshmikant-Pyarelal production, 'Parasmani'. Severa..
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The entire film fraternity bid farewell to Bollywood's 'Kalia' on September 30. Veteran character-actor Viju Khote, who was best known for his role as Kalia in the Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-starrer 'Sholay', and as Robert in 'Andaz Apna Apna' featuring Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, passed away at the age of 77 in Mumbai.



He was also a part of popular movies like 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', 'Ventilator', and the famous 1993 TV sitcom 'Zabaan Sambhalke' that had veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, and Khote's sister, Shubha, in the cast.

The entire film fraternity bid farewell to Bollywood's 'Kalia' on September 30. Veteran character-actor Viju Khote, who was best known for his role as Kalia in the Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-sta..
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Another shock came up for the food industry when it lost celebrity chef and restaurateur Carl Ruiz at 44 on September 21. The cause of death of the owner of New York City restaurant, La Cubana, was not known.



His recipes were a part of his Cuban roots and Latin upbringing, and mostly inspired by his mother and grandmother. In an Instagram tribute, his NY restaurant wrote, "Beyond his immense culinary talent, Carl's larger-than-life personality never failed to entertain, enlighten, and uplift every person he encountered along his #Ruizing adventures. His fierce intellect and infectious humour knew no bounds. He was a mighty force of down home Cuban cuisine, and lived life to the fullest, just as he cooked-with "dancing always" as the most important ingredient."

Another shock came up for the food industry when it lost celebrity chef and restaurateur Carl Ruiz at 44 on September 21. The cause of death of the owner of New York City restaurant, La Cubana, was n..
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Shyam Ramsay, one of the seven Ramsay Brothers who were known for cult horror films such as 'Puraani Haveli' and 'Tahkhaana', breathed his last on September 18 in Mumbai at 67.



The film-maker was considered the brain behind the banner. He directed over 30 films including 'Bandh Darwaza' and 'Veerana', and was also the creator of the popular TV series 'Zee Horror Show' that brought families together post dinners.

Shyam Ramsay, one of the seven Ramsay Brothers who were known for cult horror films such as 'Puraani Haveli' and 'Tahkhaana', breathed his last on September 18 in Mumbai at 67.The film-maker was cons..
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