From the youngest minister in the Haryana Government at the age of 25 to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry at the Centre - the past 25 years have been a remarkable journey for Sushma Swaraj.
Practical, aggressive and articulate by nature, Sushma was the best cadet of NCC at SD College in Haryana. Her oratorial skills and adroit media handling has been seen as a key factor behind BJP's improved media campaign.
For Sushma, the motivation behind joining politics was her desire to reach out to the masses and work for the betterment of humanity.
She is best known for her efficiency and striving for excellence, which can be seen on the homefront and in her profession also. Her family appreciates her loving touch that pervades the atmosphere at home. Also, she is known for her firm and friendly attitude in the office that ensures a smooth flow of work.
She has not only carved a space for herself in Indian politics but has also survived the different controversies - for example when she was Delhi's Chief Minister she allegedly got the Income Tax Commissioner of Delhi Vishwabandhu Gupta transferred. Gupta was probing the case against alleged criminal Romesh Sharma who spoke of his links with Swaraj with the media. However, she denied the allegations and managed to come out with well-formed explanations for everything she did.
Sushma Swaraj maintains a clean image and is seen as a 21st century version of the Indian woman who is independent, career oriented and a good homemaker.
She loves her work and her sense of duty and sincerity towards her job has earned her a reputation as one of the hard workers of the party. She is seen as one of the inspiring leaders of today and an idol for the younger generation.
Date of Birth: February 14, 1952
Place of birth: Ambala Cantt (Haryana)
Father's name: Hardev Sharma
Spouse: Swaraj Kaushal
Children: Bansuri Swaraj (daughter)
Graduation: BA at SD College, Ambala Cantt (Haryana)
Post Graduation: LLB, Law Dept, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Languages known: Hindi and English
Interests: Hindi poetry, classical music, drama and fine arts
Address: 8, Tees January Marg, New Delhi - 110003
Contact number: 3794344, 3794044, 3384340, 3384782
Youngest minister in the Haryana Government at the age of 25
The best cadet of NCC at SD College in Haryana
President, Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Haryana for four years
Best Speaker of Panjab University
Received a gold medal for being the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi
Member, Court of Jamia Millia Islamia for the period 1998-99
Did you know?
She was a "tom boy" in her childhood
Her husband holds the distinction of being the youngest Governor in India
The couple is adjudged as the 'Distinguished Couple' in the Limca Book of
Sushma was awarded for being the best student of SD College, Ambala Cant. (1969-70)