Prime Minister Narendra Modi today celebrated Diwali with soldiers stationed at the border – a tradition he has followed since 2014 when he first became Prime Minister.
This year, Prime Minister Modi celebrated with soldiers in Kargil, Ladakh. Addressing the soldiers as his “family”, Prime Minister Modi said: “The sweetness and brightness of my Diwali is among you”.
“Forces are the backbone of India’s security. There has never been a war with Pakistan where Kargil has not raised the banner of victory. Diwali’s meaning is to end it. Atank (terrorism) and Kargil made it happen,” he said.
“In Kargil, our forces crushed the terror. I was fortunate to be a witness. I was shown my old photos here and I am very grateful for that,” he said. more.
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The prime minister has been celebrating Diwali with soldiers for several years now.
In 2014, a few months after becoming Prime Minister, Prime Minister Modi flew to Siachen to celebrate the festival with soldiers. The following year, he celebrated Diwali with soldiers on the Punjab border.
In 2016, the Prime Minister celebrated Diwali with Indo-Tibetan Border Police officers at an outpost in Lahaul-Spiti of Himachal Pradesh. In 2017, he went to a border post in Jammu’s Gurez Valley and Kashmir’s Bandipora District.
In 2018, Prime Minister Modi celebrated Diwali with servicemen of the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), at Harsil in Uttarakhand. Then he prayed at the temple of Kedarnath.
In 2019, the Prime Minister celebrated Diwali in Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. He called the soldiers his family and praised them for defending the border even during festivals. He greeted Diwali with Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel at Pathankot Air Force Station.
The following year, the Prime Minister visited Diwali with Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and ranks in Jaisalmer of Rajasthan.
In 2021, the Prime Minister holds the festival in Nowshera, Jammu.
According to reports, Prime Minister Modi has been visiting soldiers in Diwali, since he was Prime Minister of Gujarat.