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PM Narendra Modi paid his tribute to the Indian Social Reformer Savitribai Phule

PM Narendra Modi paid his tribute to the Indian Social Reformer Savitribai Phule

On January 3, 2020, PM Narendra Modi saluted the contribution of the Indian Social Reformer Savitribai Phule.

Key Points:

  • Hailed as a pioneer in women's education, Savitribai Phule and her husband, social reformer Jyotirao Phule started what is believed to be India's first school for girls 171 years ago.
  • Born on January 3, 1831, at Naigaon in Satara district of Maharashtra, Savitribai married Jyotirao at the age of nine.
  • Her husband, fired by modern ideas and a reformist zeal, taught her to read and write. Savitribai took a teachers' training course and became a qualified teacher in 1847.
  • The couple then started a school for girls in Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848, and she became its first teacher.
  • The couple had to face tremendous harassment from conservative elements who found the idea of women' education repugnant.
  • She dedicated her life to education, social unity and empowerment of women. Her struggle for social consciousness will always inspire the countrymen.

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