Tough decisions possible due to their valour, says Modi
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday celebrated Diwali with the troops deployedin Jammu and Kashmir’s border district of Rajouri and praised them for their valour, saying it enables the Government to take decisions hitherto considered impossible. Accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Modi flew to Army Brigade Headquarters in Rajouri town jus ta few hours after Pakistani army targeted forward posts in the district.
The shelling from across the border was retaliated by the Indian army. Wearing a combat jacket, Modi exchanged wishes and sweets during his nearly two hour-long stay and interaction with the troops deployed along the LoC, officials said. Addressing the 1,000-strong soldiers, Modi said, “The valour of the Indian defence forces made it possible for the Central Government to take decisions which were hit her to considered impossible.” He was apparently referring to India’s preemptiveair strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror campin Pakistan’s Balakot onFebruary 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed besides abrogation of Article 370 provisions. He said everyone wants to celebrate Diwali with their family and so he too travelled to be with his family, whichis the‘brave jawans of the Armed Forces’.
He visited the ‘Hall of Fame’ in Rajouri and paid homage to the soldiers and brave citizens who laid down their lives to protect Rajouri and Poonch sectors. He termed the Hall of Fame as ‘Parakram Bhoomi, Prerna Bhoomi, Paavan Bhoomi’. Highlighting the courage and fortitude of the forces in safe guarding national security, Modi thanked them on behalf of the people of the country for their monumental service. To pay homage to and mark their contributions, the Governmenten deavoured toetch the landmark National War Memorial in Delhi, he said, adding the increasingnumberof visitors to the memorial shows the respect accorded by the citizens towards the contributions of Armed Forces.
Laterin a series of tweets, Modi said, “Celebrated #Diwali with the brave soldiers of the Indian Army in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir. It is always a matter of great joy to be able to interact with these courageous personnel.” He also spoke about the steps the NDA Government is taking for the welfare of soldiers. “While interacting with our soldiers, I thanked them on behalf of the people of India for their monumental service. Their vigilance and valour keeps our nation safe!”
Trump greets Indians on Diwali, says festival binds people together
US President Donald Trump on SundaygreetedtheIndiancommunity on the occasion of Diwali, saying that the observance of the festival of lights throughoutAmericaisimportant and binds people together. “As we light diyas here today our nation is strengthened by the sacred traditions that binds peopletogetheracrossourland. May this light bring hope to all and may everyone haveawonderful Diwali,” Trump said in video he tweeted on twitter.
“As Diwali commences, @FLOTUS Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights ablessed and happy celebration! #HappyDiwal,” Trump said. On Friday Trump celebrated Diwali in the Oval Office with a small group of Indian Americans.The event was closed for the press. Trump’s first Diwali celebrations at the White House was in his Oval Office in 2017 in the presence of a select group of Indian-American community leaders and members of his administration.
Last year, Trump invited the then Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, for the Diwali celebrations in the Roosevelt room. Diwali is also being celebrated in other parts of the US. Texas Governor Greg Abbott celebrated Diwali on Saturday withthe Indian-Americancommunity. “We lit Diwali lamps on display in the Governor’s Mansion. We discussed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Texas. We celebrated the victory of light over darkness,” he said in a tweet.