Sushma Swaraj Passes Away: 5 Times She Mesmerised Parliament With Her Poetry

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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. 

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:

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. 

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  1. In 2013, when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his over 40-minute reply used an Urdu couplet to accuse the BJP and then Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj of not supporting the government, Swaraj also responded using verse of Hindi poet Bashir Badr and declared that the party's compulsion was that Manmohan Singh was disloyal to the nation and that's why it cannot be loyal to him.

    Manmohan Singh had said: "Humko hai unse wafa ki umeed, jo nahi jaante wafa kya hai (We hope for loyalty from those who do not know the meaning of the word)," the prime minister quoted famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.

    In response, Swaraj said: "Kuch to majbooriya rahi hongi yun koi bewafa nahi hota (There must have been some compulsions, one is not disloyal for no reason at all)." She then broke into a second verse: "Tumhe wafa yaad nahee, Humein jafa yaad nahee, Zindagi or maut ke toh do hee tarane hain, ek tumhein yaad nahee, ek humein yaad naheen (You don't remember loyalty, we don't remember disloyalty, life and death have two rhythms, you don't remember one, we don't remember the other)."

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  2. In 2012, while debating the Copyright Amendment Bill, Sushma Swaraj narrated the fol

    "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.

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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"

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(inputs from Lok Sabha website)

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