Former external affairs minister and senior member of the BJP, Sushma Swaraj passed away last night. She was an enthusiastic user of Twitter and her last tweet was to PM Narendra Modi, praising the revoking of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after, she suffered a massive cardiac arrest and died. Fittingly, a number of celebrities from the entertainment world have condoled her death on the social media platform, including a host of big names in music. Read a few of the messages they posted…
Prasoon Joshi: #SushmaSwaraj -a true leader a powerful orator a gentle soul. You have gone too soon. Deeply saddened.Value and will cherish the moments spent learning from you
Sophie Choudry: Extremely sad to hear of the demise of #sushmaswaraj ji. An absolute powerhouse yet seemed so warm & humble! Poised & dignified, she was a leader I admired. Thank you for all your years of service to this nation. Rest in Peace🙏🏼😞 #RIPSushmaJi
Javed Akhtar: Deeply saddened by Sushma ji’s demise. The Music Fraternity will be indebted to her for magnificent defence of their rights in the Lok Sabha . You were an exceptional person Sushmaji. We will always remain thankful to you.
Lata Mangeshkar: Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Sushma Swaraj ji’s sudden demise. A graceful and honest leader, a sensitive and selfless soul, a keen understanding of music and poetry and a dear friend. Our former external minister will be remembered fondly.
Dhanush: Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Mrs. Sushma Swaraj ji, My condolences go out to her family and friends and may her soul rest in peace.
Badshah: Omg!! Rest in peace @SushmaSwaraj mam
Asha Bhosle: Sushmaji..we shall miss you dearly..🙏🏼
Adnan Sami: "My family & I are in complete shock to learn the tragic news of dear Sushma ji's sudden demise. She was a motherly figure for all of us; an extremely respected stateswoman; exceptional orator & a very loving, caring & warm soul. Will miss her dearly. #sushmaswaraj #RIPSushmaJi (sic)
On an official three-nation tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Sushma Swaraj met an Uzbek woman who was a fan of Bollywood, or so it seemed. The woman sang Ichak dana from the Raj Kapoor-Nargis film Shree 420 and the way that Swaraj smiled wide as she listened to the song, she showed off her enjoyment of the music.
For that, and much more, we stop for a moment in honour of the lady who made friends and fans wherever she went….