“Every few years,”’ I had reason to write in January 2013, “Sushma Swaraj is metaphorically given to losing her head. And she manages to do spectacularly enough to erase the image she manages to build up assiduously in the intervening period through the work she does in Parliament. In 2004 she had wanted to give up her hair if Sonia Gandhi were to become Prime Minister, setting the stage for the drama of a renouncement that silenced the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] for several years. Now she wants India to return with ten Pakistani heads for the one Indian soldier who was beheaded.”
Judging from Swaraj’s reactions to the latest political crisis in her life, a result of her intervention as the Minister of External Affairs (MEA) to ensure that the UK issued travel documents to Lalit Modi—the architect of the Indian Premier League—who is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning about his role in a Rs 425-crore scam, it is almost as if she is bent on proving these words right.
While the evidence against her is strong, the biggest blow to Swaraj’s case has been delivered by the MEA herself, through the statements she has made in her defense after the issue surfaced in the media a few days ago.
Consider her latest tweet published on the morning of June 15, 2015: