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Light a lamp for soldiers during festive times: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat PM Modi
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Light a lamp for soldiers during festive times: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Oct 2020, 12:50 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed his monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat' where he said that India firmly stands with the soldiers and security forces while urging countrymen to light a lamp for them amid celebrations of festivals during the pandemic.

"Friends, we must also think of our braveheart soldiers who are firmly stationed on our borders in the line of duty, even during these festive times. We have to celebrate our festivals bearing them in mind. We have to light a lamp at home in honour of these brave sons and daughters of Mother India," said PM Modi during this month's Mann Ki Baat.

"I would also like to assure our brave soldiers that despite they being away at the borders, the entire country is with them, wishing well for them," he said.

Modi also took the opportunity to wish the countrymen on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami and Dussehra.

"Today, all of you are carrying on with immense patience, celebrating the festival with restraint and hence, in our ongoing fight, our victory too is assured. Earlier, people used to throng Durga Pandals for a Darshan of Maa. The atmosphere would be almost that of a carnival…but it was not possible this time," he said.

He also asked people to spare a thought for the lockdown period amid the gaiety of festivities and remember the caregivers.

"During the lockdown, we closely came to know about those members of society, without whom our lives would be miserable. Sanitation workers, brothers and sisters working as domestic helps, local vegetable vendors, milkmen, security guards….we have now felt the significance of their roles in our lives in a better way."

"During the moment of crisis, they were with you; they stood by all of us. Now, during the festivities, amid the rejoicing, we must take them along. I earnestly urge you to ensure, in whatever way, in making them a part of your celebrations. Treat them as members of your own family," he urged.

PM Modi also pitched for being 'vocal for local' during the festivals.

"Friends, when we talk about festivals and make preparations for them, the first thought that strikes us is when to go to the market, what all has to be purchased. But this time when you go shopping, do remember our resolve of ‘Vocal for Local’. While purchasing items from the market, we have to accord priority to local products," said he.