As he announced earlier, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8th, 2020, signed off his all social media handles and handed them over to “seven women achievers” to “share their life’s journeys” on International Women’s Day.
“Greetings on International Women’s Day! We salute the spirit and accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. As I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing off. Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts,” PM Modi tweeted.
“India has outstanding women achievers in all parts of the nation. These women have done great work in a wide range of sectors. Their struggles and aspirations motivate millions. Let us keep celebrating the achievements of such women and learning from them,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
The first to tweet from the PM’s Twitter handle was Sneha Mohandoss, founder of Food Bank India. “You heard of food for thought. Now, it is time for action and a better future for our poor. Hello, I am @snehamohandoss Inspired by my mother, who instilled the habit of feeding the homeless, I started this initiative called Foodbank India,” Ms Mohandoss tweeted, along with a video introducing herself.
On March 2nd, 2020, PM Modi had left social media users wondering as he tweeted that he was thinking of giving up his Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts in a week. He did not elaborate on the reason behind doing so. However, on the following day, he shed light on his mystery announcement that on International Women’s Day, he would hand over his social media accounts “to women whose life, work inspires us”.
It may be mentioned that Modi is one of the most followed world leaders on social media with 53.3 million followers on Twitter, 44 million on Facebook, 35.2 million on Instagram and 4.5 million on YouTube.
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