External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for responding promptly on Twitter. Most of the time she is responding to people in distress who approach her for help. However, this time, she paid in the same coin to a tongue-in-cheek tweet from a user who had tagged her.
On Thursday, a Twitter user, Karan Saini, wrote: “I am stuck on mars, food sent via Mangalyaan (987 days ago), is running out, when is Mangalyaan-II being sent ? @isro.” Saini had tagged the minister.
Swaraj was quick to respond: “Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you.” Swaraj was praised by many Twitter users for the pun.
Swaraj’s external affairs ministry recently launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ to ensure timely, transparent and large-scale response to citizens’ tweets in real time.
The Twitter Seva service is being supported by 198 Twitter accounts of Indian missions abroad and 29 regional passport offices.
Swaraj was named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 list compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine. The magazine recalled how, when around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia faced a “food crisis” earlier this year due to job losses, Swaraj tweeted about the issue to six million followers on the social media website.