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Think of troops at borders, light a ‘diya’ for them: PM Narendra Modi | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: At a time when India and China are facing off on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted people to light a ‘diya’ in their homes in support of security forces guarding India’s borders.
“We must also think of our braveheart soldiers who are firmly stationed on our borders in the line of duty, even during these festive times, all in the service and security of Mother India. We have to light a ‘diya’ (lamp) at home in honour of these brave sons and daughters of Mother India,” Modi said.
In his monthly radio addressMann ki Baat’, Modi also made a strong pitch for unity. “Unity is power, unity is strength, unity is progress, unity is empowerment, united we will scale new heights,” he said.
The PM also said India has repeatedly thwarted efforts of those who have sought to divide the country.
Promoting ‘Vocal for Local’ while shopping during the festival season, the PM said people should make an effort to involve sanitation workers, security guards, domestic helps and other service staff in family celebrations to send out a message that their services are valued. He also sought people’s engagement in the government’s ‘Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat’ by contributing information about India’s rich tradition of local cuisines, spices and indigenous ingredients.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the PM emphasised the need for care and caution during the festival season and asked people to remain patient and follow health guidelines.
During his radio broadcast, Modi also lauded Pon Mariyappan from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu for converting a small portion of his hair cutting salon into a library, and hailed similar mobile library initiatives in UP and Arunachal Pradesh.

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