India’s proudest boast is that it is the world’s biggest democracy. But in the 70 years since independence, India’s citizens have been poorly served by government ministers, many of whom have been remote, overbearing, idle, AWOL or corrupt.
Not Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. A longtime member of the ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, the 65-year-old Punjabi has also been chief minister of Delhi and opposition leader. In her present role, she has become India’s best-loved official, mostly due to her tireless attention to Indians in distress abroad. It is a task she gave herself after it became clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a control freak, intended to exercise tight personal control over foreign and security policy.
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