Swaraj helps boxer get passport, but wants something in return
Tales of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's amicable nature have abounded since long. The latest person to receive her help is a boxer, but this time, Swaraj demanded something in return. Acclaimed boxer Jhalak Tomar from Muzaffarnagar (UP) had qualified for an international tournament in Ukraine, but didn't have a passport. Swaraj hastened the process, adding she has to "win a medal for the country."
Tomar, who recently won bronze in the Junior Women's National Boxing Championship, qualified for Ukraine's 'Valeria Demyanova Memorial' tournament. However, she didn't have a passport. Swaraj found out about her case when a Twitter user, who sent her a screenshot of Tomar's passport application. Swaraj promptly replied: "You will get the passport tomorrow morning and you have to win a medal for the country."
In recent months, Swaraj has come to the help of many citizens in need of Indian visas, especially some from Pakistan despite strained bilateral ties. The beneficiaries include a four-month-old infant, a three-year-old and a seven-year-old, and an aged sick father. On Diwali, she even announced a gift for Pakistanis: medical visas to all citizens in deserving cases.