Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Diwali. In a message on Twitter, the PM said, “Happy Diwali! May this festival bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. May the power of good and brightness always prevail!”
दीपावली की सभी देशवासियों को हार्दिक बधाई। मेरी कामना है कि प्रकाश का यह पावन पर्व सबके जीवन में सुख, शांति एवं समृद्धि लेकर लाए।
Happy Diwali! May this festival bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. May the power of good and brightness always prevail!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2018
PM Modi Tuesday said that he would celebrate Diwali with Army jawans while responding to greetings from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. He further added that he would share the photos of the same by Wednesday evening. Modi also thanked Bibi, as Benjamin Netanyahu is called, for the Diwali wishes.
Bibi, my friend, thank you so much for the Diwali wishes.
Every year, I visit our border areas and surprise our troops. This year too, will spend Diwali with our brave troops. Spending time with them is special.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 6, 2018
Netanyahu Tuesday posted a tweet in Hindi wishing his “dear friend” PM Modi on Diwali, to which the prime minister also replied in Hebrew.
इज़राइल के लोगों की ओर से, मैं अपने प्यारे दोस्त @narendramodi और भारत के लोगों को दिवाली की शुभकामनाएँ देना चाहता हूं। रोशनी के इस चमकदार त्योहार से आपको खुशी और समृद्धि मिले।
हमें बेहद ख़ुशी होगी अगर आप इस ट्वीट का उत्तर, उस शहर के नाम से दें जहां आप यह त्योहार मना रहे हैं🇮🇱🇮🇳
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 6, 2018
PM Modi Wednesday arrived in Kedarnath on the occasion of Diwali where he offered prayers at the Himalayan shrine and reviewed the Kedarpuri reconstruction projects. Kedarnath witnessed the biggest Diwali celebrations ever with over 5,000 diyas lit to decorate the Himalayan shrine on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, Modi celebrated Diwali with Army and ITBP personnel at Harsil near the India-China border in Uttarakhand. This is not the first time that PM Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers after becoming the Prime Minister.
In 2014, Modi had spent Diwali at Siachen with Army jawans and next year, he had visited the Punjab border. His visit had also coincided with 50 years of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
In 2016, Modi was in Himachal Pradesh, where he spent time with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel at a border outpost. His fourth Diwali as prime minister was spent with soldiers at Gurez in Jammu and Kashmir.