When we live far away from our country in a foreign land, there is an internal turmoil
that an individual has to go through. A person is always concerned about their safety
and security and any legal matters that might need urgent attention and Indian’s
External Affair Ministry has proved to be a backbone for the overseas Indian
diaspora. The commitment that EAM Smt Sushma Swaraj has shown in this regards
is commendable and she is an example of poise and grace. Couldn’t agree more that
she has ensured that overseas Indians get the best care and attention from the
Consulate during the time of an emergency.
There are many examples that one can talk about and one such satisfying moment was when Uzma an Indian citizen was brought back safely from the clutches of a Pakistani man who wanted to marry her forcibly. The numbers are very big and almost 2 lakh NRIs have been brought back safely in the last 5 years which shows that safety and security of the Indians anywhere in the world has been given a top priority under her leadership.
Nevertheless, she is a commendable example of giving new heights to ‘Twitter
Diplomacy’ and has made the most efficient use of social media to provide real-time
assistance to those in need, nothing better than your requests are directly heard by the
Minister-In-Charge providing personal touch and going that extra mile to make the
person feel comfortable during the times of crises. Her work has not just been
limited to diplomacy but she is always on top for the Humanitarian causes as well.
We have all experienced this when an Indian student Maulin Rathod met with an
unfortunate incident and was killed while he was studying in Australia. His family
needed certain financial assistance to repatriate his mortal remains back to India and
EAM’s compassion could be seen by taking care of the financial burden. We also saw
her care and concern when she intervened for Raveena and Reena the two minor
Pakistani Hindu girls, who were allegedly abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and
married to Muslim men.
In a recent meeting held on April 13th with the Global Indian diaspora, she quoted
“Democracy works on the fundamental principle of Accountability”. She explained
her views on when any party contests for the next elections it becomes their
responsibility to give an account of the work done during the last tenure. She
provided details on very important factors that concerns the NRIs. It was amazing to
know that in the last 5 years of the NDA government the number of Passport Seva
Kendra have been increased to 505 from 77. The merger of OCI and PIO cards have
greatly eased the inconvenience and has helped the Indian diaspora tremendously.
She further described the vision of former Indian Prime Minister, late Shri Atal Bihari
Vajpayee behind celebrating Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas as 9th January on this day in
1915 Mahatma Gandhi, had returned to India from South Africa and how it also
strengthens the relations with the overseas Indians. She further added that how the
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) would continue to strive to strengthen this bond and the
Sankalp Patra for 2019 mentions “Bharat Gaurav” as a very crucial step to increase
interaction among the Indian diaspora and enable their continuous engagement with
the Indian missions.
One could not agree more that by far Sushma Swaraj has been tremendously involved
with the people of her country and that NRIs have experienced the best support
during her tenure.
This article was written by Bharti Kundal, who is currently residing in Australia
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