External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who ushered in a new style of diplomacy through dynamic engagement on Twitter, was named in the Global Thinkers List of 2016 compiled by Foreign Policy magazine.
She was named in the ‘Decision-makers’ category of the magazine, which complimented her “for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy”.
Swaraj is now getting better after a kidney transplant and was shifted out of the ICU of the hospital on Tuesday. She was one of the 15 ‘Global Thinkers’ along with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary General Bank ki-Moon and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The minister, who has 6.8 millions followers on Twitter, has resolved issues ranging from passport problems to rescuing overseas Indians trapped in conflict-prone conditions. She has even worked for the public while ailing and from a hospital room. Her popular perception was so positive that many came ahead to donate their kidneys for her transplant surgery.
The magazine said, “From evacuating Indians from Yemen to helping replace lost passports, Swaraj has earned the nickname “the common tweeples leader” for her aggressive use of Twitter.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to congratulate the indefatigable Swaraj on Twitter.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 14, 2016
Philanthropist couple Anupama and Vineet Nayar is among the Indians who have been named in the Foreign Policy magazine. The magazine listed the co-founders of Sampark Foundation the Nayars in ‘the Moguls segment for unplugging technology so kids can learn’. The duo is trying to revamp primary education in rural areas with low-tech teaching tools.
Alongside them in the category of people ‘who put their money where their morality is’ are Priscilla Chan, Melinda Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.