New Delhi: Licypriya Kangujam, an eight-year-old climate activist from Manipur has turned down Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s honour of joining the #SheInspiresUs campaign on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Sunday. Notably, the Prime Minister, earlier this week, had announced that he will hand over his social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) to women, “whose work and life inspire us” for a day on Women’s Day. Also Read - PM Modi Ends Suspense, Reveals Reason Behind 'Giving up' Social Media
Following this, the government chose Kangujam, who is referred as the ‘Greta of India’ and shared the story of the eight-year-old as one of the inspirations. “LicypriyaK is an child environmental activist from Manipur. In 2019, she was awarded a Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Children Award, a World Children Peace Prize, and an India Peace Prize. Isn’t she inspiring? Do you know someone like her? Tell us, using #SheInspiresUs,” the government posted on the micro-blogging site.
But the young climate activist seemed to be disappointed with the honour and decided to refused the offer after ‘thinking many times’.
Responding to the government’s invitation, Licypriya wrote,”Dear Narendra Modi ji, Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen to my voice. Thank you for selecting me amongst the inspiring women of the country under your initiative #SheInspiresUs. After thinking many times, I decided to turn down this honour. Jai Hind!”
In another tweet, she asked, “Government don’t listen to my voice and today they selected me as one of the inspiring woman of the country. Is it fair?”
Earlier, late on Monday evening, PM Modi had created a buzz on social media after he tweeted: “This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted.”
Soon after his post, ‘No Sir’ started to trend on top, urging him to reconsider his decision.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister cleared the air when he tweeted that on this Women’s Day (March 8), he will give away all his social media accounts to ‘inspiring’ women, for a day. His tweet said, “This Women’s Day, I will give away my social media accounts to women whose life & work inspire us. This will help them ignite motivation in millions.”