External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is named in the Global Thinkers List of 2016, compiled by Foreign Policy magazine. She is named in the "decision makers" category along with the Democratic Party's nominee for US presidential election Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, etc.
The magazine had recalled how, when around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia faced a "food crisis" due to job losses, Swaraj tweeted about the issue and "What followed was a weeks-long social media operation in which Swaraj posted information for migrants about rations provided by the Indian embassy, claims for unpaid wages, and government-organised transportation home," Foreign Policy magazine said.
The posting 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 tweeted, “Very proud to see our hardworking EAM @SushmaSwaraj part of the @ForeignPolicy Global Thinkers list 2016! Congrats.”
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, “MEA proud to be led by EAM @SushmaSwaraj, who receives yet another recognition for her unique brand of diplomacy.”
Senior BJP leaaders, Venkaiah Naidu and Suresh Prabhu had sent out congratulatory messages to Swaraj. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the minister as well.
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