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15 Global Thinkers List Includes Indian Foreign Minister

© AFP 2023 / PRAKASH SINGHIndian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj - Sputnik International
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj been named as one of the 15 Global Thinkers of the year by the Foreign Policy magazine for helping out thousands of distressed people who had appealed for help on the social media.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's 'Twitter diplomacy' has earned her a mention in the coveted league of foreign policy movers and shakers like Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and Ban Ki Moon.

The Foreign Policy magazine complimented Sushma Swaraj for fashioning a "novel brand of diplomacy."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her for the recognition.

​Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup also congratulated Sushma Swaraj for her feat.  

​Ever since Sushma Swaraj became the External Affairs Minister, she has solved thousands of cases of peoples in distress. In fact, even from her hospital bed, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is still helping out people.

Foreign Policy magazine has especially mentioned an episode in which Sushma Swaraj helped rescue around 10,000 stuck in the Gulf without food and money.

The magazine writes: "In July, Sushma Swaraj, India's external affairs minister, tweeted to her roughly six million followers that 10,000 Indian workers employed inside the Kingdom faced a food crisis. What followed was a weeks-long social media operation in which Swaraj posted information for migrants about rations provided by the Indian Embassy, claims for unpaid wages, and government-organized transportation home.

These incidents of twitter diplomacy helping peoples living outside Indian shores led Foreign Policy to put Sushma Swaraj in the coveted list of influential people.

Earlier, Washington Post had named her "Supermom of the State" for her role as a mother figure for common people in distress. 

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