Amid tension on the border with Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today saluted the valour of the armed forces and lauded their sacrifice while dedicating the festival of Diwali to them. He hailed the people including celebrities for sending overwhelming messages to his “Sandesh2Soldiers” campaign. After addressing his monthly “Mann ki Baat” programme on All India Radio, Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers in a remote and strategic area in Himachal Pradesh, adjoining the Chinese border.
Wishing countrymen on Diwali, the Prime Minister said India is a country of festivals and today these festivals are celebrated across the world.
Here are Modi’s top quotes on Diwali
#Unity in diversity is our strength. It is the responsibility of every citizen and all governments to forge unity and curb separatist tendencies to save the country.
#In the wake of recent events, our soldiers have been sacrificing their everything for the safety and security of the country. Their dedication and labour has overwhelmed me completely. Let us dedicate this Diwali to our armed forces.
#When you (soldiers) guard our border, people sleep without fear. if you were not there, people could not have slep peacefully.
#Our forces endure grave hardships for our security. Someone is stationed in a desert, someone on the Himalayas, someone is guarding our industrial installations and someone is protecting our airports. Everyone is fulfilling a mighty responsibility. If we remember them while being in a festive mood, our remembrance will give them strength and renewed energy. I thank everyone for responding to Sandesh2Soldiers.
#It is the need of the time to address the problems of the poor. We must come out of our orthodox thinking and make
society free from any kind of discrimination.