A couple or more days ago, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced his day-long social media sabbatical on the upcoming International Women’s Day. He had said that he would hand over his social media account to women “whose work and life inspire us”.
Under the same initiative, PM Modi launched #SheInspiresUs under which he asked the netizens to share women and their stories that inspire them.
MyGovIndia, which is the official Government of India Twitter account dedicated to citizen engagement, has since then been sharing the stories of these extraordinary women which you can read about here.
Among many women, the twitter account recently also chose young Indian environment activist Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur, as one of the inspirations.
However, Licypriya decided to turn down the honour claiming that the government doesn’t listen to her. Replying to the tweet she wrote “Government don’t listen to my voice and today they selected me as one of the inspiring woman of the country. Is it fair?”
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As her reply garnered the attention, a number of people came out to echo her claim. Here is people reacted to the same.
I bow down to you with irrevocable gratitude and respects— Arjun (@arjundsage) March 6, 2020
More power to you pic.twitter.com/XXztaNAB13
Now hundreds of worthless people who can't win a participation certificate will tell you that you are not worthy!!…— Avatar_Aang (@the_aang1) March 7, 2020
It’s true children are showing us more compassion than any adult. Yes you are an inspiration thank you kindly you certainly are a very interesting spirit.— San (@SanC1969) March 5, 2020
First of all, you do inspire us (at least me)!— Vijayata Pawar (@PanglossianDesi) March 6, 2020
Please continue what you are doing ?
And no, it isn’t fair that government ignores your voice. But can’t expect any different. Unfortunately the issues that actually matter for society are not important for the government currently.
Wo government h….. wo kuch bhi kr sakti h— NITISH (@NITISH9131) March 5, 2020
By turning down this honour u r actually hurting your purpose. Many people who are unknown about u will get to know about ur work through this honour.— Onkar Chinchkar (@Onkar_Chinchkar) March 6, 2020
I think u should think again about it. The change you want to see will not be obtained in a single day. (2/n)
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Jo Bade bade na kar paye inhone kar diya ?? pic.twitter.com/suKxLvtJ7V— Dr. Achambit Santra (@5trillion_jumle) March 6, 2020
What this proves is you never really cared about the cause you were fighting for— Arul Prakash (@arulprakash) March 6, 2020
This was a great platform to get the word out and engage with more people but you chose politics
You have a bright future as a politician though.
Well, it’s a fact that the government usually doesn’t listen, but turning down the honour seems foolish because it’s something the government is doing to inspire other people and not just for someone’s personal recognization. When inspired, these people would collectively come out and support whether it’s environmental sustainability or anything else.
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This is a way to bring people together to work together because obviously, the government alone can’t do everything on their own if people are not aware.