Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to light a lamp in honour of the brave soldiers and security forces guarding the nation’s border while celebrating festivals amid the coronavirus pandemic. The prime minister also asked the public to be ‘vocal for local’, give priority to local products while shopping for the festival.
While addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Vijay Dashmi. He said that people need to work with restraint for various upcoming festivals and follow necessary guidelines during celebrations in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
As the festive season approaches, Modi asked people to keep the ’vocal for local’ resolve in their mind while shopping for the festivals. The world is taking note of India’s local product, a major example is Khadi, he said. This time when you go shopping, purchase goods from the market and prioritize local products, he added.
India stands firmly with the country’s brave soldiers and security forces, we must celebrate only after remembering them. The soldiers are serving the nation away from their family to ensure that the people in the country are safe from external threats, we have to light a lamp at home, in honour of these brave sons and daughters of Mother India, said Modi in ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Further, Modi also paid tribute to Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, whose death anniversary is on October 31.He remembered the nation’s first home minister Sardar Patel, whose birth anniversary also falls on October 31.
Meanwhile, the monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ airs on All India Radio on the last Sunday of every month, where the Prime Minister interacts with the nation.