Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir): Continuing the tradition he had set in the first term in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 27 October 2019, celebrated the festival of Diwali with soldiers of Indian Army at the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu & Kashmir.
This was the third time the Prime Minister is celebrating the auspicious festival of Diwali with the troops in Jammu & Kashmir.
Prime Minister visited the ‘Hall of Fame’ in Rajouri and paid homage to the gallant soldiers and brave citizens who have laid down their lives to protect Rajouri and Poonch sectors. He termed the Hall of Fame as ‘Parakram Bhoomi, Prerna Bhoomi, Paavan Bhoomi’ (The sacred land of valour and inspiration).
The Prime Minister also visited the Pathankot airbase to meet the air warriors of the Indian Air Force .
Addressing the soldiers, Prime Minister said that everyone endeavours to travel far and wide to celebrate the festival of Diwali with their family and likewise the PM too travelled to be with the members of his family, the brave Jawans of the Armed Forces.
The Prime Minister recalled the supreme sacrifices made by the armed forces on October 27 1947 – the day is celebrated as Infantry Day. Hailing the valour of the Indian Defence Forces, he said they have made it possible for the Central Government to take decisions that were considered impossible till now. He highlighted the courage and fortitude of the forces in safeguarding India’s security. He thanked them on behalf of the people for their monumental service.
To pay homage to the martyrs and mark their contribution, the government has built the landmark National War Memorial in the Capital, the Prime Minister said. He added that the increasing number of visitors to the National War Memorial shows the respect accorded by the citizens towards the contributions of the armed forces.
Prime Minister listed the steps being taken by the Government to further strengthen and modernize the Indian Defence forces. He added that the Government is committed to taking steps to ensure the welfare of soldiers.