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PM Modi dedicates Diwali to soldiers in Mann Ki Baat

As tension on the border with Pakistan continues to escalate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saluted the bravery of our armed forces and lauded their sacrifice while dedicating the festival of Diwali to them.

In his monthly "Mann ki Baat" programme on All India Radio, PM Modi asked all citizens and State governments to find ways of forging unity across the country and working to defeat separatist tendencies and mentalities.

He said, "Unity in diversity is our strength. It is the responsibility of every citizen and all governments to forge unity and curb separatist tendencies to save the country."

Referring to tension on the Indo-Pak border, Modi said, "In the wake of recent events, our soldiers have been sacrificing their everything for the safety and security of the country. Their dedication and labour has overwhelmed me completely. Let us dedicate this Diwali to our armed forces."

"I had invited everyone to participate in the Sandesh2Soldiers campaign and I have been humbled by the response. From students, villagers and traders to political leaders and sports persons, everyone has sent a Diwali message for our soldiers," he said while referring to the jawans and security personnel guarding our nation under tough circumstances and conditions.

"Our forces endure grave hardships for our security. Someone is stationed in a desert, someone on the Himalayas, someone is guarding our industrial installations and someone is protecting our airports. Everyone is fulfilling a mighty responsibility. If we remember them while being in a festive mood, our remembrance will give them strength and renewed energy. I thank everyone for responding to Sandesh2Soldiers," PM Modi said on the occasion of Diwali.