“Our soldiers are the “suraksha kawach” of “Maa Bharti”. It is because of you all that people of our country can sleep peacefully and there is happiness during festivals.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the soldiers during his Diwal visit at Naushera sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Pime Minister Modi has eatablished a tradition to spend the annual Diwali festival amaong the soldiers stationed at border areas, away form their family. Diwali is the most important Hindu festival signalling a new year accourding to Hindu lunar calender.
“Your bravery fills our festivals with happiness,” Modi said and added recalling the surgical strike “We are proud of your role in the surgical strike. I was waiting anxiously for the call, didn’t want anyone to be left behind. But you came out as winners.
Modi emphasied the role of women in the army by underlinig the fact that women can now join the Army and women officers are now being given permanent commissions.
Modi hailed the army’s helping role during pandemic and informed the soldiers that he has brought along with him the blessings of crores of Indians.
Since becoming PM in 2014, Narendra Modi has made it a point to visit the soliders in border areas during Diwali festivals.
In 2014, PM Modi paid a surprise visit to Siachen to celebrate Diwali with soldiers posted at the world’s highest battlefield (18,875-foot glacier)
In 2015, he visited three memorials in Punjab which commemorate some of the spectacular successes of the Indian Armed Forces in the 1965 war.
In 2016, Narenda Modi, the PM, was at Chango in Himachal Pradesh for sharing sweets with the soldiers.
In 2017, Prime Minister isited Gurez valley in kashmir.
In 2018, Soldiers at Harsil in Uttrakhand were surprised to find Modi among them for Diwali.
In 2019, after securing a thumping victory in Loksabha elections, PM Modi reached Rajauri in Jammu-Kashmir for Diwali.
In 2020, Modi visited Longewala post, the famous battlefield where 120 Indian soldiers snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat against a mightier Pakistani contingent.