Light a lamp to honour soldiers: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

India stands firmly with the country’s brave soldiers and security forces, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addressed the nation through ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme on Sunday.

He urged people to light a lamp at their homes to honour soldiers while celebrating festivals amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We must 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 celebrate our festivals bearing them in mind. We have to light a lamp at home in honour of these brave sons and daughters of Mother India,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister extended his wishes to people of the country on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. He said, “many more festivals are on the way in the days to come like Eid, Sharad Poornima, Valmiki Jayanti, followed by Dhanteras, Diwali, Bhai dooj, the Pooja of Chatthi Maiyya and the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji…..during this crisis-laden period of Corona, we have to exercise patience, observe restraint.”

PM Modi said, “When we are going vocal for local, the whole world is also becoming a fan of our local products. Many of our local products have the potential of becoming global. One such example is Khadi. Khadi has remained a symbol of simplicity over a long period of time but now our khadi is getting known as an eco-friendly fabric.”

“Not only is the popularity of khadi rising, it is also being produced in many places of the world. There is a place in Mexico called Oaxaca, there are many villages in this area where the local villagers weave khadi. Today the khadi of this place has gained popularity by the name Oaxaca khadi,” Modi said.