Like every time since 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is celebrating Diwali with Indian soldiers. But Modi reached Jammu Kashmir for the first time after the scrapping of Article 370.
The prime minister reached the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday afternoon. Modi is celebrating Diwali with the soldiers near the Line of Control (LoC) here. Since Modi took office, every time he has celebrated Diwali with the soldiers. He celebrated Diwali with jawans 5 times before this. Modi said on multiple occasions that he considered soldiers his family. In 2018, PM Modi celebrated Diwali with the Indian Army and ITBP jawans near the India-China border.
Earlier today, Modi’s Mann Ki Baat program was aired where the prime minister greeted all countrymen on the occasion of Diwali. He urged the local people, weavers and artisans to buy goods to commemorate the festival. Modi further said that the light of this Diwali should eliminate the darkness of enmity.
Modi’s ‘Happy Diwali’ on Twitter
The prime minister had tweeted and wished everyone for Diwali early this morning. He wrote on Twitter, “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali (Diwali), best wishes to my countrymen! May this festival of lights bring new light in the lives of all of us and our country always be illuminated by happiness, prosperity and good fortune.”
Visit of Modi coincides with Infantry Day
Incidentally, today is also Infantry Day. Infantry is an important part of the Indian Armed Forces. There is a special reason behind celebrating infantry day today.
Pakistan has had an eye on Kashmir since independence. Planning to forcibly capture it, Pakistan prepared the tribal Pathans to infiltrate Kashmir a few months after Independence. A force of tribesmen stormed in the early morning on 22 October 1947. The Indian foot soldiers finally liberated a part of Kashmir from the clutches of the tribesmen on 27 October 1947 (after which the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru took the matter to the UN that called for an immediate ceasefire).
PM’s previous Diwalis
In 2014, Prime Minister Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers in Siachen. In 2015, the prime minister reached the Punjab border. The following year, Modi celebrated Diwali in the border area guarded by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in Himachal Pradesh. In 2017, the prime minister celebrated Diwali with jawans in Gurez, Jammu and Kashmir. Last year, he visited an Indian Army post along the border with China after praying at Kedarnath.