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Sushma Swaraj back in Parliament, addresses attacks on Indians in US

LiveMint logoLiveMint 15-03-2017 Elizabeth Roche

New Delhi: After four months of absence from the public eye for a kidney transplant surgery, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj resumed work on Wednesday with a statement to Parliament.

Dressed in a turquoise green saree and her trademark jacket, the minister read out a statement on the recent spate of attacks on Indians and people of Indian origin in the US.

The 64-year-old, who underwent kidney transplant surgery in December, was convalescing at home but was active on Twitter and looking at important files from her residence ever since the surgery.

Television footage showed a smiling Swaraj get a rousing welcome from her fellow parliamentarians when she stood up to make her statement. Twitter also had pictures of a smiling Swaraj in Parliament and flanked by her colleagues on the steps leading out of Parliament House.

At least three people—one Indian on an H1B visa and two Indian origin Americans—have been attacked in the US in the past many weeks with two of those attacked being killed.

It was in November that Swaraj, known to keep a punishing schedule since taking over as Indian foreign minister in May 2014 with some 45 visits in her two years in office till May 2016, revealed on Twitter that she had been on dialysis after suffering from kidney failure, in what is an unusual announcement for a politician.

She also revealed that she was undergoing tests for a possible kidney transplant.

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