PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Kunwar Bai -the woman who inspired millions

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and shared his thoughts and experience of meeting Kunwar Bai.

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Kunwar Bai -the woman who inspired millions

New Delhi: On March 8 - the occasion of International Women's Day - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to Chhattisgarh's late social activist Kunwar Bai, who was chosen as a mascot for the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and shared his thoughts and experience of meeting Kunwar Bai.

"I will always cherish the time when I had the opportunity to seek Kunwar Bai's blessings during one of my visits to Chhattisgarh. Kunwar Bai lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who are passionate towards fulfilling Bapu's dream of a clean India. #SheInspiresMe," the PM tweeted.

The 'Clean India Mission' icon passed away at the age of 106 earlier this year.

Kunwar Bai had become an inspiration for millions after her story about the hardship she faced after she sold her goats to build a toilet grabbed headlines in 2016.

Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, she had sold off eight to ten of her goats - her only assets - to raise Rs 22,000 to build toilets at her house.

She lived in the Kotabharri village in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh.

It was during his visit to Chhattisgarh that PM Narendra Modi had a chance to meet Kunwar Bai.

Paying respect to the departed soul, Prime Minister Modi further tweeted, "#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". (sic)

''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,'' the PM tweeted.

Lauding several women who have left an indelible mark in the history of mankind, Prime Minister Modi added "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" (sic)

Prime Minister Modi also shared a video where he felicitated Kunwar Bai at a function to mark 'Swachhta Diwas' and also touched her feet during a rally in Rajnandgaon.

The Prime Minister had addressed her as "Ma Kunwar Bai Yadav" during the Rajnandgaon rally. 

(With ANI inputs)

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