New Delhi: While greeting people of the country on the occasion of Dussehra, Diwali and Eid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said people must celebrate festivals with precautions in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, the PM said, ‘Several festivals have been lined up in the coming days but people of the country must celebrate them with precautions against coronavirus.’
Lauding the people for following all Covid protocols during the celebration of festivals, the PM said, ‘Dussehera is also a festival of victory of patience over crisis. Today, all of you are living with great restraint, celebrating festivals with modesty. Therefore, in the Covid-19 battle, we are fighting, victory is certain.’
‘This time, amid the enthusiasm of festival, when you go shopping make sure to remember your resolve of ‘vocal for local.’ When purchasing goods from market give priority to local products,’ the PM said in his address.
In this context, the PM said that the world is making note if our products like Yoga, Ayurveda and Khadi.
‘The world is taking note of our products. One major example is Khadi. When we take pride in our own things, the world’s curiosity around them also grows. Just like our spirituality, Yoga, Ayurveda has attracted the whole world. Many of our indigenous sports also attract attention the world over,’ he said.
On this occasion, the PM saluted the soldiers for guarding the borders and making the country secure.
‘Salute to our brave-heart soldiers who are firmly stationed on our borders in the line of duty. We must also remember our brave soldiers, who are guarding our borders even in these festival times. We must celebrate only after remembering them. We must light a lamp from these brave sons & daughters of Mother India. Entire nation is with them,’he said.
He also laid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in his address.
‘On October 31, we lost former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. I respectfully offer tributes to her,’ the PM said.