Foreign Policy Magazine has honoured external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj by including her into the prestigious 2016 list of 15 Global Thinkers ‘for fashioning a novel brand of twitter diplomacy’.
When around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia suffered ‘food crisis’, earlier this year, Swaraj was the one who took this incident to the social media and tweeted to around six million followers about the issue. The magazine recollected, “it was a week-long social media operation in which the minister posted information for migrants about rations provided by the Indian embassy, claims for unpaid wages and government-organised transportation home.”
This wasn’t the only time that the minister used social media to reach out to the people abroad. The online post by the magazine said: “From evacuating Indians from Yemen to helping replace lost passports, Swaraj has earned the nickname ‘the common tweeple’s leader’ for her aggressive use of Twitter.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first one who congratulated Swaraj for her indefectible endeavor on twitter.
Other leaders who made it to the list are German chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
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