As the world celebrated International Women's Day on Thursday, several leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi extended their greetings on social media.
Modi tweeted with the hashtag "she inspires me" as he shared his thoughts about Kunwar Baifor and her noteworthy contribution to the Swachh Bharat drive. He also urged his followers to write about the women who have left an impact on them.
Through their exemplary deeds, several women have left an indelible mark in the history of humankind. They continue to inspire generations. I urge you to write about some women who inspire you. #SheInspiresMe
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2018
#SheInspiresMe- Kunwar Bai, who died earlier this year at the age of 106. Hailing from Chhattisgarh, she sold her goats in order to build toilets. Her contribution towards a Swachh Bharat can never be forgotten. I am deeply inspired by her noble gesture. pic.twitter.com/eANQz01ZYE
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2018
Modi, who also launched the expansion of the coverage of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme in Rajasthan on Thursday, made strong pitches for treating daughters and sons as equal.
— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2018
Joining the social media trend encouraged by Modi, Sitharaman shared snippets on Rukmini Devi Arundale, Rani Mangammal, and Rani Velu Nachiyar. She also wished Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on her birthday, adding that it was a coincidence that it was on the same day as Women's Day.
Rukmini Devi Arundale, was an Indian theosophist, choreographer, Bharatanatyam dancer, an influential opinion-maker. Took up the cause of Bharatanatyam, considered a vulgar art in the early 1920s. #SheInspiresMe pic.twitter.com/EXV49HrJd1
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) March 8, 2018
Rani Mangammal (1689-1704) #மங்கம்மாள் of the Madurai Nayaka rulers. During her reign Madurai first came into direct contact with Delhi - the Mughal Empire. Was known for her diplomatic, political skills & military campaigns. Her capital was Tiruchi. #SheInspiresMe pic.twitter.com/VoDQgX20mu — Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) March 8, 2018
Rahul Gandhi, who is in Singapore as part of his outreach to the Indian diaspora, remembered Rani Laxmibai for being a "symbol of strength and liberation".
Earlier today, I paid tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at the INA memorial in Singapore. On International #WomensDay we remember the INA’s Rani of Jhansi regiment, a symbol of strength and liberation for all women. pic.twitter.com/v3V5ot8Uf1 — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 8, 2018
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee hailed women on the International Women's Day.
BJP national general-secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya wished External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the occasion "on behalf of all Indians". He also shared Swaraj's statement in the Rajya Sabha, in which she urged the members of the House and Indians to take resolution for women's safety.
अंतरराष्ट्रीय पटल पर #India का नाम मज़बूत कर रहीं, माननीय विदेश मंत्री सुषमा दीदी ने महिला दिवस पर दिए भाषण से फिर एक बार, सभी को ओज से भर दिया... सुषमा जी ( @SushmaSwaraj) ! सभी भारतीयों की ओर से आपको बहुत बहुत आभार और #WomensDay की कोटिशः शुभकामनाएं 💐#InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/tTMvasRxgG — Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) March 8, 2018
In a series of tweets, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said —
"The life of women is filled with sacrifices. If they face hurdles in the process, it is the responsibility of the society to support them," he said in one of his tweets.
महिलाएँ हमेशा ही हर क्षेत्र में स्वयं को सिद्ध करती आई हैं, घर के दायित्वों से लेकर राजनीति के शिखर तक, खेल के मैदान से अंतरिक्ष की उड़ान तक महिलाओं ने अपनी शक्ति दिखाई है। विश्व महिला दिवस पर देश की नारीशक्ति और उनके स्वाभिमान को कोटि-कोटि नमन। #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/t7CmCa7LeF — Dr Raman Singh (@drramansingh) March 8, 2018
महिलाओं का जीवन त्याग से भरा होता है, यदि ऐसे में वो संकट में हों तो पूरे समाज की ज़िम्मेदारी है कि उनका साथ दें। इसी उद्देश्य से सरकार ने 'सखी वन स्टॉप केंद्र' की स्थापना की जिसने राष्ट्रीय स्तर का सम्मान प्राप्त कर नारी शक्ति की आवाज़ को बुलंद किया है #AapkaShukriya #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/SUB7Opgg4Q — Dr Raman Singh (@drramansingh) March 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament with a proposal to make stalking a non-bailable offence. He said his proposal was for the welfare of the women.
Marked #InternationalWomensDay by calling on Home Minister @rajnathsingh in Parliament w/proposal to make #stalking a non-bailable offence. He received it sympathetically &assured me he would consider amending the law accordingly. @TheQuint pic.twitter.com/ylIhQhoujk — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 8, 2018
Stalking is an offence but is not non-bailable, I've proposed to make it a non bailable offence. Home Minister has sympathetically accepted it. There's no political argument in this, it's for the welfare of women: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/8jHsAqblr7 — ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2018
Updated Date: Mar 08, 2018 18:23 PM