'You're my family': PM Modi celebrates Diwali with troops in J&K's Gurez

Aaron Brown
October 21, 2017

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today celebrated Diwali with the jawans of Indian Army and BSF, in the Gurez Valley, near the Line of Control, in Jammu and Kashmir. The Army chief has been camping in the Gurez valley with the jawans along the Line of Control (LOC). PM Modi wrote "Happy Diwali to everyone"! Addressing them, he said like everyone else, he too wishes to spend Diwali with his family. The Gurez sector is the gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan region near Himalayan ranges. "I get new energy", he said in his address to the gathering.

Modi offered candies and exchanged greetings with jawans. "The jawans, who leave the armed forces after completing their tenure, can become excellent yoga trainers subsequently", the PM said.

The Chief of Army Staff, General B.S. Rawat, and other senior Army officers were present on the occasion.

Pertinently, Modi has been celebrating Diwali with forces every year after he took over as the Prime Minister of India.

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Modi had spent Diwali 2014 with the people of Kashmir, when the state was recovering from devastating floods. President Trump said he was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community in celebrating Diwali - the festival of lights.

Modi appreciated soldiers' penance and sacrifice, amid harsh conditions.

Popularly known as the festival of lights, Diwali is also celebrated by Hindus in Nepal, Malaysia, Mauritius and Pakistan. "The army too is a part of it".

Diwali, which is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety across India, marks the return Lord Ram, the King of Ayodhya in northern India, after his victory over demon king Ravana in distant Lanka, as well as the culmination of his 14-year-long exile.

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