In his recent “Mann Ki Baat” programme on January 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute to late astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who passed away last tear. Modi said that the country has always held women in high regard. Quoting the ancient vedic texts, the prime minister said that parents should be proud of having daughters because one daughter is tantamount to having ten sons.

Citing Matunga station in Mumbai as the perfect example of women empowerment, Modi said that this station was the first in India to be run by an all-woman staff. He added that the 2018 Republic Day celebrations drew global attention as foreign dignitaries were impressed by the daredevil stunts performed by Indian women.

He pointed out that it’s not just the urban women who are being empowered, even the tribal women have made their mark by breaking traditional barriers. These women are no longer confined to the jungles, they are in the cities driving auto rickshaws, the Prime Minister said.

Modi added that self-improvement and self correction go a long way in helping women break the shackles.

Westerners have alway held India in high regard as the country has always given women a chance to be who they want to be, he said.

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