Addressing to the huge gathering of FICCI Ladies Organization, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke about women empowerment, as he said. “”Now, women are two steps ahead of men. We need to recognize the power of women. Boys want to marry women who are working, times are changing. It should not be only for financial interest, the mindset should also change.”
Critizing the practice of female infanticide, he said, “Our ideas have only deteriorated with education; we are becoming more medieval than we were in the 18th century. In the 21st century, girls are aborted inside the mother’s womb. Both men and women have a role to play in this crime. This happens in Gujarat too. The data on female infanticide is shocking,”
Moreover, emphasizing on the fact that Women are supreme and are held in the highest respect in the country. He said, “A mother’s place is supreme in our culture and values. We call river Ganga our mother, India is also mother India. A mother’s place and a woman’s place in our country is supreme.”
“In Gujarat, if anyone buys property on the name of the woman of their family, they will not have to pay the stamp duty. In Gujarat’s schools, we ask for the mother’s name for the child’s admission, not the father’s,” Modi said.
“I don’t agree with westerners having the view that in India women are housewives,” Modi added and went on to give examples of women to highlight how Indian women can lead from the front and have entrepreneur qualities. “In Ahmedabad Jassu Behen’s pizza is very popular, people prefer those pizzas over Pizza Hut pizzas. Jassu Behen died 5 years back but her pizzas still capture the markets of Gujarat: Narendra Modi. Lijjat papad was started by Gujarat’s tribal women. It’s a model of entrepreneurship,” he said.
Further when moved on to the question and answer session, Modi was asked what he would do about the Women Reservation Bill ‘when he comes to power at the Centre’, He said, the Gujarat assembly had passed a legislation reserving 50 percent of all seats in local bodies to women, but it was yet to become law as Governor Kamla Beniwal had not signed it.
“It is our misfortune that it (legislation) is stuck although we have a woman governor.”
Besides, when Modi was asked his weaknesses, he said “Everyone has some weakness or the other. I too have shortcomings, but I work on my strong points. A lot of my weaknesses, I wouldn’t notice about myself. Please send your suggestions to my Facebook, Twitter IDs.”
Likewise, when asked about the work he has so far progressed in Gujarat, he took a dig over Congress and said “I have tried to repair the damage done by the Congress, but still there is a long way to go”