Sushma Swaraj passed away on August 6, after suffering from cardiac arrest at New Delhi AIIMS hospital. She was taken to AIIMS at quarter to nine in a critical condition on Tuesday evening. An affable leader, Sushma Swaraj was the most approachable and the one who had dedicated her life to public service.
The former external affairs minister was not only known in the international platform for her magnificent work and oratory but also honoured in the country for standing with all those who needed her. In her party, the BJP, Swaraj was known as a guiding force, and in her political career she is recalled for her political punches. Across party lines, she is honoured not only for being an able administrator, fiery speaker, but also one who respects her opponents. Her poetic exchanges in the Parliament is a famous anecdote.
"Dost gham khvari man meri sahi farmayenge kya
Zakham ke bharte talak nakhun na badh jayenge kya
Hai ab is mamure mein qaht-e-ġham-e-ulfat 'asad'
ham ne ye maana ki dilli mein rahe, kahyenge kya?"
She also recited Sahir Ludhianvi's lines in the debate.
In 2011, while participating in the discussion under Rule 193, responding to the answer given by then PM Manmohan Singh over newspaper report of cash for vote, Swaraj said:
"Na idher udhar ki tu baat kar, ye bata ki kafila kyun luta?
humein rehjano se gila nahi, teri rehbari ka swal hai."
Responding to it Manmohan Singh said that he cannot match the oratorical skills of the leader and narrated another couplet.
"Mana ki tere ded ke kaabil nahi hun mai
Tu mera shaukh to dekh, mera intezr dekh."
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Lambasting the then government over Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 2011, Sushma Swaraj concluded her fiery speech with these couplet:
"Dekhe is Bharat me kaun bada vir balidani hai
Kiski dhamni mein khoon aur kiski dhami mein pani hai"
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While debating the street vendors protection of livelihood and regulation of street vending bill in 2013, Swaraj, within thumping of desk from all parts of the house had said that one should think for those who are leading their lives in compulsions.
"Kisi majbur ki Majburiyo ko sochkar dekho
Prem ko in jhopadiyo ke bich Khojkar dekho
Agar insaniyat ko fir se dharti par bulate ho
Kisi rote hue ke aansu pochkar dekho
Kisi rote hue ke aansu pochkar dekho"
(inputs from Lok Sabha website)