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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while doing his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while doing his radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded the courage of soldiers and thanked the nation for sending them Diwali messages.

“From last few months, our jawans (soldiers) are sacrificing their lives, we should celebrate this Diwali in their name,” Modi said while speaking on Mann Ki Baat, his monthly radio address.

Modi also applauded the soldiers for their undying love and sacrifice for the country and said that this Diwali was dedicated to them.

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“Every citizen of the country is proud of our soldiers,” he said.

“People from walks of life sent messages of love and encouragement for our jawans (soldiers), just as they lit candles for their well being,’ he added.

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Modi also said that the #Sandesh2Soldiers hashtag was used by a lot of people and “we were flooded with well wishes and love for jawans from citizens”.

“I also have to thank the citizens of the nation for their support and love for our security forces and jawans (soldiers) protecting us,” he said.

Recognising the works of the Armed forces, Modi said, “Be it BSF (Border Security Force), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), Assam Rifles, ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police), Navy, Air Force, our jawans are on duty and guarding us. That is why we are celebrating Diwali joyfully,” the Prime Minister said.

More than 10 lakh messages were sent for the soldiers from across the nation.

Modi also said, Diwali is a festival associated with cleanliness.

“Diwali is a festival that is also associated with cleanliness. Everybody cleans their homes,” Modi said

In his Mann Ki Baat remark, the Prime Minister said Deepawali gave message to move from darkness to light.

Wishing the citizens on the occasion, Modi said “India is a country where festivals are celebrated on every 365 days”.