External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi with kidney failure, and Twitterati is already rallying behind the Union minister who is often considered the most accessible of the lot, provided you have a Twitter account.
Even as news spread that the BJP leader is undergoing dialysis and is currently in need of a new kidney, some on Twitter seemed to be more than eager to donate theirs, or at least help her find one. And it is not for nothing that they want her to get well fast: She has been of the greatest help to Indians abroad, often rising to the occasion in the blink of an eye, even when the person seeking help has just sent her a tweet.
But that is exactly how she wanted it. Having already helped several people based on their or their family members' or friends' tweets, Swaraj on March 19 actually confirmed that she herself monitors her Twitter account and that people needing help should include the hashtag #SOS in their tweets.
She helped many in need
Ever since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, Swaraj has been more than proactive in helping people who reach out to her on Twitter.
1. The latest of these instances surfaced on Wednesday when it came to light that Swaraj had helped a Bengali youth return from Riyadh after he was apparently sold into slavery there, with his "master" having taken away all his relevant documents.
2. Then, about a week ago, she had helped a widow and her newborn son get medical care after the plight of the woman, who had lost her husband recently and had another four-year-old son, was brought to her notice.
3. A couple of days before that, it emerged that Swaraj had helped an Indian groom get a visa for his Pakistani bride and their family.
4. Late last month, she had helped a Pakistani woman come to India for the treatment of her husband.
5. She had also made staff at the US Embassy work on Dussehra — a designated holiday — so a US-based man could return to India for his father's funeral.
6. From helping the common man with passports to getting workers stranded in Middle-Eastern countries back to India, Swaraj has been hailed for many of her efforts, which have earned her the sobriquet "Supermom of State" from US-based daily Washington Post.