Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Kargil in Ladakh, told the soldiers deployed there he couldn’t have celebrated a better Diwali without being with them.
There has been no war with Pakistan where Kargil has not unfurled the victory flag, said the Prime Minister, who has been celebrating Diwali at various military facilities since he came to power in 2014.
Addressing the soldiers as his “family”, PM Modi said, “Sweetness and brightness of my Diwali is amid you.”
He also praised the armed forces’ efforts in fighting terrorism.
“In Kargil, our soldiers have managed to crush terrorism. I am a witness to the event. I was shown pictures of my moments with soldiers during the war, when I arrived here. It brought back those wonderful memories,” he said.
Drass, Batalik and the Tiger Hill have been the witnesses of your courage, said PM Modi.
“The country is secured when its borders are protected and economy is strong. In the past seven-eight years, India’s economy has reached the fifth position from 10th,” he added.
In war-hit Ukraine, the Indian flag became a protective shield for the citizens stuck there, said PM Modi.
The Prime Minister arrived in Kargil earlier in the day to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers. He also extended his Diwali greetings on social media.
“Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali. Diwali is associated with brightness and radiance. May this auspicious festival further the spirit of joy and well-being in our lives. I hope you have a wonderful Diwali with family and friends,” he tweeted.