Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday requested people to light a diya (lamp) at their homes in honour of the security forces guarding the borders. PM Modi’s request came during his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’.
During the radio address, PM Modi wished people for the festivals. He also warned them to stay alert and not to become complacent amid the coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi said people need to show patience and follow the safety guidelines issued by the government while celebrating the festivals.
In the radio address, PM Modi said that India stands firmly with its brave soldiers and people should light a lamp for the bravehearts manning the country’s border while they celebrate festivals.
The prime minister praised the contribution of soldiers and their service to the nation during his radio address.
“We have to remember our soldiers, who are standing guard at the borders even in times of festivals. We must celebrate festivals while remembering them. We also have to light a ‘diya’ in our homes to honour these brave sons and daughters of mother India,” he said.
PM Modi remembers Indira Gandhi, Sardar Patel
The prime minister also paid glowing tribute to India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose birth anniversary falls on October 31, and asked people to work for the country’s unity through their words and deeds.
PM Modi also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, whose death anniversary is on October 31.
Vocal for local
The prime minister also asked people to keep the ‘vocal for local’ resolve in their mind and give priority to local products while shopping for festivals. The world is taking note of India’s products, he said, citing the example of rising popularity of Khadi.
Despite several calls from the PM to opt for indigenous products, the sale of Chinese products continues unabated on e-commerce websites. In fact, the two major e-commerce websites witnessed a record sale of Chinese electronic products in their recently concluded festive sale.
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