#SelfieWithDaughter: A hit or a miss?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shout out to fathers and daughters to post selfies together on Twitter received an overwhelming response on Sunday, with the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter trending worldwide.chandigarh Updated: Jul 01, 2015 11:17 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shout out to fathers and daughters to post selfies together on Twitter received an overwhelming response on Sunday, with the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter trending worldwide.
Modi launched the campaign on his radio show Mann Ki Baat as part of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save your Daughter, Teach your Daughter) movement. He promised to retweet messages with the best tag line. But what’s more interesting is that it doesn’t matter what the underlying value of the message or proposal is, if it’s coming from the Prime Minister, it will naturally be lambasted by a section of the society. Over the last 48 hours, the frenzy has played itself out in such a way that it seems like a well-written script. So, HT decided to speak to woman celebrities from the region as well as young girls from the tricity to understand if, posting selfies, was enough to bring about a change or does it end up becoming a matter of mere symbolism?
THE CAMPAIGN’S BRAINCHILD
Having received flak for distributing sweets after his wife gave birth to a baby girl few years back, Haryana’s Sunil Jaglan took it upon himself to do whatever little he could to bring about a change in the mindset of the people in his village. The Twitter campaign #Selfiewith Daughter is the brainchild of Jaglan, sarpanch of Bibipur, a small but prosperous village in Haryana. Jaglan had organised a Beti Bachao selfie contest last week, where he invited men of the village to send selfies clicked with their daughters. The contest, it seems, was a resounding success with over 750 image entries from all over the country. So, when we asked Jaglan about the Prime Minister taking this at another level, he said, “I am happy that this initiative has been taken as the intention was always to generate awareness on a large scale.” When asked about what inspired him to come up with this idea, Jaglan further said, “Of course, being the sarpanch of a village in a state with such a low sex ratio, I have always taken up this cause time and again, just that it got highlighted this time for obvious reasons.”