Mcleodganj : President Dr. Lobsang Sangay condoled the demise of Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs who passed away at the age of 67 after suffering a cardiac attack yesterday. Extending his heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of veteran leader Sushma Swaraj, Dr. Sangay said he was deeply saddened to hear that the veteran Indian leader and staunch supporter of Tibet is no more.
President Dr. Lobsang Sagay wrote, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the sudden demise of the former External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan people, I extend my heartfelt condolence to you and your family, the Indian government and the people of India as they mourn the loss of the veteran leader.
I had the privilege of meeting her in 2011. In our hour-long interaction, she expressed her sympathy for the Tibetan people and respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She also advised me on leadership, oratory and on how to protect my throat to give booming speeches. She was a staunch supporter of the Tibet cause, raising the issue of Tibet in the Indian Parliament. During her address at the Rajya Sabha in 2017, Sushma assured that India would not be a “mute spectator” to the atrocities in Tibet and that there will not be a quid pro quo with China when it comes to the “sufferings” of the Tibetan people.
Sushma Swaraj was one of the prominent political leaders of her time and a leader widely admired by the people for her kind and empathetic leadership. As we mourn her passing, her legacy would live on and continue to be a source of inspiration for the generations to come”.He concluded by saying that the Tibetans across the globe pays deepest condolences, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief.
The veteran Indian leader Sushma Swaraj was the Minister of External Affairs of India between the year 2014-2019. She was the second woman to hold the office after Indira Gandhi. She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi for short duration in 1998. Swaraj was called India’s “best-loved politician” by the US daily Wall Street Journal. Tibet and Tibetan cause have always remained dear to her heart and her demise is a great loss not only to this great nation but to the Tibetan movement also.