Twitter Abuzz With PM Modi Initiative

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked people to post selfies of themselves with their daughters during the ninth edition of his radio address 'Mann ki Baat', a hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter is trending top on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“We can convert ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padho’ scheme in a mass movement. We should take forward the work started by Sunil from Bibipur village in Haryana. I urge all of you to share a #SelfieWithDaughter. Also share a tagline that will encourage 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao,” Modi said in his 9th edition of radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday.

In this context, he mentioned that a Sarpanch of Bibipur village in Haryana Sunil Jaglan had started "selfie with daughter" competition wherein fathers were to post their 'selfies' with their daughters.

Appreciating the initiative and pitching for a campaign to save the girl child, Modi asked all fathers to send their 'selfies' with their daughters to him, out which he will retweet the good ones.

"In Haryana, the number of girls is lesser than that of boys. Across the country, there are about 100 districts where the situation is worrisome. In Haryana, the situation is more serious," the Prime Minister said.

"It gives pleasure that in the same Haryana, a Sarpanch of a small village can give such a dimension to the 'Beti Bachao' programme. It raises new hopes. That is why I appreciate this initiative. But it also gives me an inspiration and that is why I urge you to click pictures with your daughters and post those on #selfiewithdaughter," Modi said.

The best chosen tagline along with selfie will be re-tweeted by the Prime Minister himself.

The idea took Twitterati by storm, with proud fathers -- and in some cases proud mothers -- posting photos clicked with their daughters.

In the afternoon, PMOIndia posted, "#SelfieWithDaughter becomes number 1 Twitter trend in India and also listed in worldwide trend."

..... Devashree Goenka