"My Festival Is Where You Are": PM Visits Soldiers In Himachal On Diwali

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Himachal Pradesh's Lepcha today to celebrate Diwali with security personnel. Every year, Prime Minister Modi visits a security installation to celebrate the festival of lights with the men in uniform. The Prime Minister today shared photographs of his visit on his handle on X.

The photos show him dressed in military fatigues and interacting with security personnel.

"Away from their families, these guardians of our nation illuminate our lives with their dedication," he added in another post.

He said the courage of our forces in unwavering. "Stationed in the toughest terrains, away from their loved ones, their sacrifice and dedication keep us safe and secure. India will always be grateful to these heroes who are the perfect embodiment of bravery and resilience," he said.

The Prime Minister posted photos of feeding sweets to security personnel.  

Addressing a gathering of soldiers at Lepcha, Prime Minister Modi said he has spent every Diwali with security personnel at the borders. "My festival is where you are," he said. "Even when I not a PM or a CM, I would visit soldiers at some or the other border post every Diwali," he added.

At every Puja across the country, the Prime Minister said, a prayer is said for the soldiers guarding our borders. At every home, one diya is lit for the soldiers, he said. He said security posts where soldiers are deployed are no less than temples.  

Ever since occupying the top office, Prime Minister Modi has spent Diwali with security forces deployed on the borders. During these visits, he interacts with the men in uniform. Last year, he was seen cheering on as security personnel sang during a musical event to mark his visit.

In 2014, the year the BJP came to power, the Prime Minister visited Siachen glacier on Diwali. In 2015, he was at the border in Punjab. The next year, he was near the China border in Himachal Pradesh. In 2017, he was in Kashmir's Gurez sector. The Prime Minister was at Harsil in Uttarakhand for the 2018 Diwali. The next year he was at Rajouri near Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister visited Longewala in Jaisalmer for the 2020 Diwali and Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir the year after that. Last year, he was at Kargil for Diwali.