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Mann ki Baat: PM Modi says this Diwali is dedicated to our soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio on Sunday.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2016 11:37 IST
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In this September file photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be seen at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
In this September file photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be seen at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos.(Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio on Sunday.

Here are the live updates on what he said:

* Our festivals are linked closely to the nature...the food, weather, everything about a festival is so symbiotic.

* The festival of Diwali is celebrated across the world.

* All forms of darkness are to be fought with a “deep (lamp)” of Diwali ..Deepawali gives the message of journey to light from darkness.

* World leaders are celebrating Diwali and sharing their memories and pictures on different social media platforms.

* I also have to thank the citizens of the nation for their support and love for our security forces and soldiers protecting us.

* #Sandesh2Soldiers hashtag became popular and people flooded us with the love for soldiers.

* Our soldiers’ acts reflect their love for the country.

* We have to address the aspirations of the poor...We should rid the country of discrimination against women.

* Tomorrow (Monday) we are celebrating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary. He worked to bring everyone together, he worked for unity, fought for unity and brought unity.

* But on Sardar’s birthday, history remembers how Sikh people and “sardars” all over the country faced violence and pain after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

* Unity in diversity is our strength. We have to cruise ahead.

* I pay tributes to Guru Nanak Devji. If we want to follow the motto of ‘saabka saath, saabka vikas’, who else will be a better guide?

The 25th edition of the monthly radio address coincided with the festival of Diwali. PM Modi had requested people to share their thoughts and inputs for the forthcoming programme on the Narendra Modi App and MyGov Open Forum.

In the last edition of the programme, Modi said the nation’s armed forces were fully equipped to foil any nefarious designs, apparently hitting out at Pakistan in the wake of an attack on an Indian Army base in northern Kashmir that killed 19 soldiers in September. He said the army does not talk, they speak through their valour.

His October address comes against the backdrop of increased hostilities at the border. The army said on Saturday it destroyed four Pakistani posts in a “massive” assault across the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, ratcheting up the offensive a day after an Indian soldier’s body was mutilated by militants, who were believed to have been helped by Pakistan’s cover fire.

(With agency inputs)