Modi celebrates Diwali with jawans on Sino-India border

The Prime Minister and the Defence Minister celebrate Diwali with the Indian Army troops 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted and celebrated Diwali with the personnel of Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Uttarakhand.

Modi flew to Harshil village on Wednesday morning in a special Indian Air Force plane and was accompanied by Army Chief Bipin Rawat.

Harshil is situated at the confluence of Jalandhari Gadh and Bhagirathi rivers and at the foot of the mountain that lies at the head of the Baspa Valley at the height of around 8,000 feet.

“Diwali is the festival of lights which spreads the light of goodness and dispels fear. The jawans, through their commitment and discipline, are also helping to spread the sense of security and fearlessness among the people,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also recalled visiting soldiers on Diwali ever since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

He also added that India is taking great strides forward in the defence sector and said that the Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world in United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Later, the Prime Minister visited the Kedarnath shrine to offer his prayers.

He will also review the reconstruction of the shrine, many parts of which were devastated in the 2013 floods.

The Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers also exchanged sweets at Attari-Wagah border today on the occasion of Diwali.

The Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, celebrated the festival with Army troops in Hyulong, Arunachal Pradesh.