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Sushma Swaraj asks Indian embassy in Malaysia to open on weekend to help family

External affairs minister is Sushma Swaraj has frequently earned praise for helping Indians abroad who reach out to her through Twitter.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2017 20:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sushma Swaraj,Indian embassy Malaysia,External affairs minister
Sushma Swaraj has often earned praise for her quick responses on Twitter to people seeking help from her ministry.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)

In case of emergency, the Indian embassy will help you even on its off days.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday asked the Indian embassy in Malaysia to open its doors to a family that had lost its passport in the country. Embassies are usually closed on weekends.

Swaraj asked officials to help the family as it was an emergency after a user, Meera Ramesh Patel, tweeted to her seeking help.

The Indian embassy in Malaysia promptly responded, asking Patel for her contact number. “Please provide contact number immediately, we will to talk to you and have this resolved.”

The embassy is currently taking care of the problem, Patel said in another tweet.

Swaraj has frequently earned praise for helping Indians abroad who reach out to her through Twitter. 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 her six million followers on the social media website.

Read | Keep it personal: Why Sushma is more popular on Twitter than other Modi ministers

She has also helped Pakistani nationals obtain medical visas for treatment in India. Touched by the minister’s intervention, Hijaab Asif praised Swaraj and said that Pakistan would have changed had she been the prime minister of her country.

Swaraj, who has a following of 9.9 million users, has also shown that humour is a strong suit in the 65-year-old politician’s style of functioning.

In June, a Karan Saini posted a tongue-in-cheek question to Swaraj, asking: “I am stuck on mars, food sent via Mangalyaan (987 days ago), is running out, when is Mangalyaan-II being sent ?” Swaraj wrote back: “Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you.”

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 14:08 IST