Bhubaneswar: Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call to parents to share selfies with their daughters caught the fancy among many Odia families and has become the buzz at public discussions in morning and evening hangouts.
Though the PM shared this unique thought which he said was a concept originally mooted by a Sarpanch in Haryana, on 28th June in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Radio address, the craze among people posting selfies with their dauhters continue even after a week. Several parents are still putting #SelfieWithDaughter on popular social networking sites twitter and facebook.
When one look for parents from Odisha sharing #SelfieWithDaughter on the social networking sites, the number is really impressive. It seems #SelfieWithDaughter has its craze among people from all walks of life. The list includes Subhrajit Dash whose Holi selfie with daughter made it to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own website and other social networking profiles. The list of persons linked to Odisha who shared #SelfieWithDaughter included people from all walks of life like USA’a Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, Resident Editor (Odisha) of The New Indian Express Mr. Srimoy Kar and many others.
It may be noted that Prime Minister Modi during his monthly Radio talk had stated that this idea will give a big impetus to the Government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative that seeks to educate more and more girls and improve the gender ratio in India.
No sooner did the PM request the selfies than the selfies poured in. People from all walks of life shared their selfies with their daughters, even adding what their daughters mean to them. Many said their daughters mean the world for them, while many shared memories of their daughters- like their first day at school, a family holiday with the family etc. Many wrote that their daughters are their bundles of joy. Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Smt. Nirmala Sithraman, MP Shri Pratap Simha, Gujarat Minister Shri Shankarbhai Chaudhary, former IPS officer Shri Kiran Bedi, film personality Shri Shekhar Kapur, USA’s Assistant Secretary of State Ms. Nisha Biswal, journalists Shri Kanchan Gupta, Ms. Chitra Subramaniam, Shri Umesh Upadhyay and Smt. Richa Anirudh are among those who have shared their #SelfieWithDaughter moments.
Within hours #SelfieWithDaughter became a rage across social media. It was the top trend in India both on Facebook and Twitter and was trending worldwide among the top five positions. Over a lakh Tweets have been shared on this topic. People from Africa and Europe have shared selfies, contributing to the fervour.