New Delhi, Jan 28 (UNI) Applauding ‘women power’ on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said nation’s ‘Nari Shakti’ has contributed a lot in the positive transformation being witnessed in the country as well as the society.
During his monthly address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, which was his first in 2018, Mr Modi said, ”Women power binds closely together society as a whole, the family as a whole, on the axis of unity and oneness. Be it the erudition of the Vidushis of the Vedic Period. Lopamudra, Gargi, Maitreyee; be it the learning and devotion of Akka Mahadevi or Meerabai, be it the governance of Ahilyabai Holkar or the valour of Rani Lakshmibai, women power has always inspired us.
They have always brought glory to the Nation.” Recalling the achievements of American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space, Kalpana Chawla, who flew on Space Shuttle Columbia, he said she set an example for the daughters of India and taught them that nothing was impossible for them. ”Today we talk about ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, but ages ago, our holy books said one daughter is worth 10 sons,” he said quoting a verse from Skanda Purana.
He said ride of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Sukhoi 30 was inspirational for him. ”Today, there are many sectors where our women power is playing a pioneering role, establishing milestones. ”BSF biker contingent with women personnel was the highlight of Republic Day parade. Daredevil stunts performed by them was awe inspiring for our foreign guests,” said Mr Modi in 40th edition of the programme, which was broadcast on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and also on the NarendraModi mobile application.
Empowerment is a form of self-reliance, he said, adding that,”Today our women power is leading and becoming self-sufficient. Our tribal women of Chhattisgarh have also done an amazing thing.”
He said,” When we refer to Adivasi women, a stereotypical image comes to our minds, comprising jungles, pathways in the woods and women carrying kindlewood on their heads.But the women power of Chhattisgarh, the tribal women there, broke this stereotype and presented an all-new picture of themselves. Dantewada is a Maoist infested region. Violence, torture, explosives, guns, pistols… the Maoists have created a scary reign of terror. In this dangerous atmosphere, Adivasi women are becoming self reliant by driving e-rickshaws.”
This has three benefits — self-employment has empowered them; the Maoist-infested region witnessing a transformation and lastly, strengthening efforts towards protecting the environment, he said and lauded the efforts of the District Administration which has played a significant role in the successful endeavour of these women by ensuring availability of grants for imparting training to them. He started off the programme mentioning Mr Prakash Tripathi who had written him a letter on NarendraModiApp and asked him to mention various topics.
He mentioned all-women crew encircling the whole world on INSV Tarini. Mr Modi was also all praise for three brave women — Bhavana Kanth, Mohna Singh and Avni Chaturvedi, who were trained as Fighter Pilots and were now flying Sukhoi-30. He also mentioned Kshamta Vajpayee-led all-women crew which flew from Delhi to San Francisco in the US and back in Air India Boeing Jet. ”Today women are not just advancing in myriad fields; they are leaders. Today there are many sectors where our women power is playing a pioneering role, establishing milestones.”
President Ram Nath Kovind met a group of extraordinary women who were ‘the first’ in their respective areas, Mr Modi said. ”These women achievers of the country, first Lady Merchant Navy Captain, the first female train driver of the passenger train, the first woman fire fighter, the first woman bus driver, the first woman to reach Antartica, the first woman to reach Everest — in this way, First Ladies”. ”Our women have achieved extraordinary achievements by breaking the conservatives of the society, establishing a record.” These women have showed that a new path can be drawn up by crossing all obstacles and on the strength of hard work and determination. A path that will inspire not only their peers but also the future generations, the Prime Minister said.
”A book will be prepared on these women achievers– the first ladies– so that the whole country can take inspiration from them, their lives and their actions. It is also available on the NarendraModi website as an e-book,” he said.
Modi mentioned a railway station while discussing women empowerment. He talked about Mumbai’s Matunga Station which is the first in India where all 40 employees are women. ”They take care of all departments — whether it is a commercial, Railway Police, Ticket Checking, Announcements or Point Persons,” he said. Modi mentioned one of most-talked about all-women BSF Biker Contingent in the Republic Day Parade which left foreign guests amazed. He also praise the women Padma award winners.
Modi hailed Sitavaa Jodatti from Karnataka. ”She has not been hailed as Goddess of women empowerment just for nothing! For the past three decades, in Belagavi, she has made a great contribution towards changing the lives of countless women. At the age of seven, she had dedicated herself as a Devadasi but in a turnaround, for the welfare of the Devdasis, she has spent her entire life. Not only this, she has done unprecedented work for the welfare of Dalit women too.”
Modi mentioned Kerala’s tribal lady Lakshmikutti, a teacher in Kallar ho still resides in a hut made of palm leaves in a tribal tract amidst dense forests. ”She has created 500 herbal medicines relying solely on her memory. She has mastery in synthesising medicines used for treatment of snake bites.”
He praised her for continuously serving society with her knowledge of herbal medicines. West Bengal’s 75-year-old Subhasini Mistri, also selected for the award, who cleans utensils in the homes of others and also sold vegetables in order to construct a hospital, also found mention in PM’s address today.