New Delhi, March 8: On International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the woman who has inspired him and shared his experience of meeting her at a public rally. Modi talked about Kunwar Bai, who died recently, and her contribution towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The 106-year-old woman from Chhattisgarh sold her goats to built toilet. Also Read - Lockdown Has Failed, PM Modi Must Say What Plan B is, Rahul Gandhi Fires Salvo

It was during his visit to Chhattisgarh that Modi met Kunwar Bai and said, “I am deeply inspired by her noble gesture.” He also asked people to share their stories about the women who have inspired them. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0

“Kunwar Bai, who died earlier this year at the age of 106. Hailing from Chhattisgarh, she sold her goats in order to build toilets. Her contribution towards a Swachh Bharat can never be forgotten. I am deeply inspired by her noble gesture. I will always cherish the time when I had the opportunity to seek Kunwar Bai’s blessings during one of my visits to Chhattisgarh. Kunwar Bai lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who are passionate towards fulfilling Bapu’s dream of a clean India.” Also Read - CREDAI Seeks Urgent Support For Realty Sector in Letter to PM Modi

Kunwar Bai had sold off eight to ten of her goats, her only assets, to raise Rs 22,000 to build toilets at her house, in her village of Kotabharri, in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh. She worked tirelessly to spread awareness about using toilets amongst her fellow villagers and as a result of her efforts, the district of Dhamtari became the first to be declared open defecation free in 2016.

Wishing women on the occasion, Modi said, “Through their exemplary deeds, several women have left an indelible mark in the history of humankind. They continue to inspire generations. I urge you to write about some women who inspire you.”

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind and several other leaders extended their wishes on International Women’s Day and called women an inspiration for the nation. “On International Women’s Day greetings to women in India and across our planet. Women are the sheet-anchor of society, an inspiration for their families and for our nation. Let us work to a future where every woman has the right to dream, and to fulfil her dream,” Kovind said.

Every year on March 8, the day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.