PM celebrates Diwali with soldiers at LoC in J&K
Modi also visited the ‘Hall of Fame’ and paid homage to the soldiers and citizens who laid down their lives to protect Rajouri and Poonch sectors and visited the Pathankot airbase to meet the air warriors of the Indian Air Force.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Jawans of Indian Army at Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on October 27.

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 27 celebrated Diwali with Indian Army soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu & Kashmir.

The Prime Minister tweeted, “”Celebrated #Diwali with the brave soldiers of the Indian Army in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir. It is always a matter of great joy to be able to interact with these courageous personnel”.

Modi also visited the ‘Hall of Fame’ and paid homage to the brave soldiers and citizens who laid down their lives to protect Rajouri and Poonch sectors.

He termed the Hall of Fame as ‘Parakram Bhoomi, Prerna Bhoomi, Paavan Bhoomi’. He later visited the Pathankot airbase to meet the air warriors of the Indian Air Force, an official statement said.

Addressing the soldiers, Prime Minister said that everyone endeavours to travel far and wide to celebrate the festival of Diwali with their family and likewise he too travelled to be with the members of his family, the brave jawans of the Armed Forces.

Prime Minister recalled the supreme sacrifices made by the armed forces on October 27 1947, also celebrated as Infantry Day. Hailing the valour of the Indian defence forces, he said they have made it possible for the Central Government to take decisions which were hitherto considered impossible.

He highlighted the courage and fortitude of the forces in safeguarding national security and thanked them on behalf of the people of the country for their monumental service.

To pay homage and mark their contributions, the government endeavoured to etch the landmark National War Memorial in the Capital, he said. Adding that the increasing number of visitors to the National War Memorial shows the respect accorded by the citizens towards the contributions of armed forces.

He also listed the steps being taken by the Government to further strengthen and modernize the Indian defence forces, while the Government is committed to taking steps to ensure the welfare of soldiers.