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Sushma’s tongue-in-cheek response to Twitter joke: ‘Even if you are stuck on Mars, Indian embassy will help’

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has impressed people again with her presence on Twitter. This time, however, it’s her humour that has prompted praise for her on social media.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 14:48 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj (Reuters)

Wherever you go, the Indian embassy follows – or so external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would have you believe.

Swaraj has earned praise for helping Indians abroad who reach out through Twitter, but that doesn’t stop her from having some fun at work.

On Thursday, when Twitter user Karan Saini wrote a tongue-in-cheek tweet to Swaraj, he likely didn’t expect to be paid back in the same coin.

Tagging Swaraj, Saini wrote: “I am stuck on mars, food sent via Mangalyaan (987 days ago), is running out, when is Mangalyaan-II being sent ? @isro.”

Swaraj was quick to respond: “Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you.”

Swaraj’s response prompted many Twitter users to praise her:

This is not the first time Swaraj has shown that humour is a strong suit in the 65-year-old politician’s style of functioning.

While a major Cabinet reshuffle was being reported last year in July, Swaraj’s wit stood out despite her absence from the swearing-in ceremony. “Media - Pl avoid the headline : ‘Sushma skips Oath Ceremony’,” she tweeted after the event.

It’s not all fun and games, however, when it comes to Swaraj’s work on Twitter.

In January this year, the external affairs minister was irked by a Twitter user’s request. A Pune-based software developer, who goes by the handle @smitraj07, tweeted to Swaraj requesting a transfer for his wife who apparently works in the Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) railway division.

Swaraj, in a curt reply, tweeted to Smit Raj “If you or your wife were from my Ministry and such a request for transfer was made on twitter, I would have sent a suspension order by now”.

Swaraj’s external affairs ministry recently launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ to ensure timely, transparent and large-scale response to citizens’ tweets in real time.

The Twitter Seva service is being supported by 198 Twitter accounts of Indian missions abroad and 29 regional passport offices.

Swaraj was named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 list compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine. The magazine recalled how, when around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia faced a “food crisis” earlier this year due to job losses, Swaraj tweeted about the issue to six million followers on the social media website.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 10:09 IST

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