Swaraj received a law degree and began her political career in the 1970s closely associated with socialist leaders. At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of Harayana and also served as the Fifth Chief Minister of Delhi for a few months in 1998.
Swaraj was the most senior female leader of Modi´s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Sushma Swaraj might not have been in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inner circle but she held her own, often winning praise from the Prime Minister for her role as External Affairs Minister.
Swaraj, 67, was admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition after the cardiac arrest but passed away later. Party insiders say that even though she had moved on from the episode, she never forgave the BJP leader. She then entered national politics and served as information and broadcasting minister, parliamentary affairs minister and health minister.
Her rise in politics coincided in some ways with the growth of BJP as a party.
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Celebrity Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna tweeted, "Thank you for letting me cook for you on your every trip to NY". She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.
Swaraj's mortal remains were taken from the AIIMS to her official residence in Delhi. "I offer my heartfelt tributes to her and extend my condolences to her bereaved family", Singh said in another tweet. She took a revolutionary step of live telecasting Lok Sabha debates.
She was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1990.
Home Minister Amit Shah remembered Sushma Swaraj as an ardent speaker, an ideal worker, popular public representative and a diligent minister.
She lost the contest in the Congress stronghold by a relatively small margin of about 55,000 votes but left a mark with her felicity of language and ability to connect with voters.
A former Supreme Court lawyer, Swaraj was the senior most woman in Modi's cabinet in his first term, which ended in May. She was very active in Social Media throughout the day and was watching the Lok Sabha TV proceedings on the abrogation of Article 370 and the debates on Jammu and Kashmir reorganisation bill.