Indian politician and lawyer Sushma Swaraj inspired many of us through her incredible discipline, exemplary determination, and empathetic heart. The charm, the warmth, and the affection she radiated drew many of us towards her. She was not only a self-made politician but also a loving and caring wife, daughter-in-law, and mother.
Recently her husband, Swaraj Kaushal, shared some insight into her personal life on social media, which shed light on how Sushma Swaraj was not only an iron lady in her professional life but in personal life too.
While remembering the time when Sushma Swaraj, despite professional commitments, took care of her sick mother-in-law, Swaraj Kaushal shared on Twitter:
“If you are a married man, pls answer just one question. Has your mother ever fallen sick? I hope, your wife must have attended on her very well. If so, you are very fortunate. If not, let us leave it here.”
He further added:
“Now I tell you about another lady. My mother suffered a terminal illness from 1991-93. She was bedridden. She could not even walk to the toilet. I was then Governor of Mizoram, so not present in Delhi.”
While describing Sushma Swaraj, he further tweeted:
“She had a daughter-in-law who was a Supreme Court lawyer, three times Cabinet minister and a sitting Member of Parliament. She moved the mother in law to her room, and refused to employ a medical attendant to attend on all the needs of my mother,”
“She did not attend the Parliament for a year. She was with my mother in the hospital/home day and night. The mother said was, “tum rani ki jayi ho… dhania hai tujhe janane wali ka.” (You are born of a queen. My gratitude to the lady who gave you birth)
But it wasn’t only his mother who believed Sushma Swaraj was a blessing, even his father admired Sushma so much that he wanted his daughter-in-law to lit his pyre.
While sharing the last wish of his father who died in 2008, Swaraj Kaushal tweeted:
“Mind you my father had three sons, a Governor of a state, Controller General of Defence Accounts, Government of India and a veteran journalist. None of us was underqualified. But this was his last wish.”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Sushma Swaraj, who not only excelled professionally but also personally. We hope many would seek inspiration from her to not only be a better professional but also a better human being!