‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ way towards women empowerment: Amitabh Bachchan

Bachchan, 73, said the real motive of the new slogan 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' is that there should be no discrimination between a son and a daughter

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 28, 2016 8:24 pm
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The government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign is a way towards women empowerment, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday said as he stressed on the importance of protecting and nurturing the girl child.

Speaking about this campaign of the government, which is celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a grand function “Ek Nayi Subah” here, Bachchan said, “It’s time we realise that half of the country’s population can’t be left behind by making them feel neglected and helpless. They should be equal partners in the country’s development.”

Quoting an old Sanskrit mantra, he said that women have been given the foremost place even in our religious beliefs as Saraswati is the symbol of knowledge, Lakshmi of wealth while Durga and Kali represent strength and power.

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“In the present scenario, this imagination will become a reality only if the position of a man and a woman is equal in the society. Equal number of daughters should be born as sons and they should be raised and educated properly so that they are able to play their rightful role in life,” he said.

Bachchan, 73, said the real motive of the new slogan ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ is that there should be no discrimination between a son and a daughter and both should be considered assets of a family and given equal opportunities.

“We should encourage the thought that our families should do everything to protect and nurture the girl child… I consider this slogan a way to take forward the whole society and adopt the right perspective towards our women.

“Let’s pledge that we encourage the powerful within the so-called helpless to bloom and give them the chance to empower the whole country.”

Bachchan said Mahatma Gandhi always considered women a superior force as a man could never compete with them when it came to inner strength.

The actor also had an interesting chat with a group of girl students. At one time, when asked by a student how he became ‘Big B’, Bachchan reacted by sitting on the floor and quipped, “I am no ‘Big B’. It’s a term given by journalists.”

He had faced criticism when his name started doing the rounds as the host of the government’s planned cultural gala on its two-year anniversary but Bachchan clarified he was only hosting a small segment for ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, as he is attached to the campaign.

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    Ashok
    May 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm
    He was also a congressi
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      Ashok
      May 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm
      Panamajao
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        MyTake
        May 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm
        .‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ originally started by PM Modi when he was the CM of Gujrat when he would sell the gifts he would get and sell them to put the money for the cause. What a great vision and how that has transformed now into a great movement now. Living proof of vision of a great man - what great man sees today as something important, others only see it down the track after a long time have ped! Those see the direction in bad time are the ones who are real leaders and they deserve the right to lead!!
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          MyTake
          May 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm
          Congress hates him tooth and nail because he did not want to put his weight into their service! Every time He has been up to doing something of any public inetersr, Congress is behind chasing him!
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            MyTake
            May 28, 2016 at 11:41 pm
            Fishing in muddy water may appear "smart" but it is not real smart!
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            MyTake
            May 28, 2016 at 7:55 pm
            There is no need to give women the "right" as such simply because there is no such thing exists either ton"give" Orc"take"! Give them knowledge/education and they will give you wisdom. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Those who want to fall behind and for lack of any proper talent they will also get the necessary "k i c k" to move forward!
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              MyTake
              May 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm
              W e a p o n to attack caste/religious/M a o i s m is education of girl child who will usher in the high quality human beings to this world when their time comes to nurture that.
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                MyTake
                May 28, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                What is "lies" for the honest is "honest" for liars! There is no conflict in what you are saying and what I am saying because of the context!
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