New Delhi: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a programme organised on the culmination of Indio-Nepal Car Rally at India Gate in New Delhi, on March 8, 2015. (Photo: Sunil Majumdar/IANS)

Positions Held

Ministry Tenure
Minister of External Affairs 26 May 2014 Presented
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs 26 May 2014 – 7 January 2016
Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha 21 December 2009 – 26 May 2014
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs 29 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
Minister of Health and Family Welfare 29 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
Minister of Information and Broadcasting 13 October 1998 – 3 December 1998
5th Chief Minister of Delhi 30 September 2000 – 29 January 2003
Member of the India Parliament for Vidisha Incumbent 13 May 2009
Member of the India Parliament for South Delhi 7 May 1996 – 3 October 1999

Personal Details

Date Of Birth 14 February 1952
Place Ambala Cantonment, Punjab, India
Political Party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Academics B.A., LL.B.Educated at S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. (Haryana) and
Law Deptt. Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Profile

Sushma Swaraj ( pronunciation ) (born 14 February 1952[1]) is an Indian politician and a former Supreme Court lawyer. A senior leader and former president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Swaraj is serving as the Minister of External Affairs of India since 26 May 2014; she is the second woman to hold the office, after Indira Gandhi. She has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of north Indian state of Haryana. She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi from 13 October 1998 to 3 December 1998.[2]

In the 2014 Indian general election, she won the Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh for a second term, retaining her seat by a margin of over 400,000 votes.[3]She became the Minister of External Affairs in the union cabinet on 26 May 2014. Swaraj was called India’s ‘best-loved politician’ by the US daily Wall Street