On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj came to the rescue of a Russian national, A. Evangelin, who was forced to beg after failing to withdraw cash from ATMs. The only option left for him was to beg for alms at the entrance of Sri Kumarakottam temple in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.
When the matter finally came to Swaraj’s notice after it was reported by a leading daily, she immediately took the matter to her hands, assuring all possible help to Evangelin. She tweeted, “Evangelin – Your country Russia is our time-tested friend. My officials in Chennai will provide you all help.”
Evangelin – Your country Russia is our time tested friend. My officials in Chennai will provide you all help. https://t.co/6bPv7MFomI
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 10, 2017
Evangelin arrived in India on September 24 with a valid passport and Visa. He arrived in Chennai on Tuesday morning and after visiting a few local temples, he went to a local ATM to withdraw money but after several failed attempts ATM card’s PIN got locked. So, he had to sit at the entrance of Sri Kumarakottam temple in Kancheepuram and started begging. After getting the news, the Siva Kanchi police gave him some money to travel back to Chennai.
However, this is not the first instance when Sushma Swaraj has come to the rescue of people from foreign lands. Before this, Swaraj even helped a sick Pakistani national, Hamid Ali Ashraf, by giving him a medical visa for his liver transplant surgery in India. On this humble gesture, Ashraf said, “Thank you so much mam thank u. I am heartily grateful to you ma’am. It is really a great deed towards humanity.”