Celebrating festivals on borders by PM and DM

Balbir Ram Rattan
In a poignant display of solidarity and appreciation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have been steadfastly reaching the borders every year to celebrate Diwali and Holi with the Indian Army personnel stationed there. While it goes without saying that these occasions bring joy and cheer to the soldiers but at the same time when someone in highest authority of the establishment become part of the celebrations, the joy redoubles and morale boosting intensifies as well. This gesture also underscores Government’s unwavering support for the armed forces of the country.
Since assuming office in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it a tradition to visit the borders during Diwali, starting with the iconic Siachen glacier, where soldiers brave harsh weather conditions to guard the nation’s borders. Over the years, he has visited various border outposts, including those in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Rajasthan, among others. Such visits have infact become a symbol of the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to standing alongside the soldiers who protect the country’s sovereignty and reflect to the citizenry what significance this sector assumes not only for the Government but country as a whole.
During these festive visits, amidst the colorful decorations and celebratory spirit, Prime Minister Modi engages with the troops, exchanging greetings, distributing sweets, and sharing amid the joyous atmosphere. More importantly, there is one more message between the lines. Beyond the festivities, these occasions also serve as a platform for the Prime Minister to express gratitude to the soldiers for their dedication, bravery, and sacrifices. He listens to their experiences, assures them of the nation’s unwavering support, and acknowledges their invaluable contribution to the security and well-being of the nation.
Similarly, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also made it a tradition to celebrate Holi with jawans at different border locations.Rightly so, he emphasizes that the first colour of Holi should be in honour of the soldiers, who are far away from their homes, safeguarding the borders and ensuring the safety of the nation’s citizens. This year, Rajnath Singh celebrated Holi with jawans at Ladakh, praising their courage and fortitude while boosting their morale.
The presence of top Government officials like the Prime Minister and Defence Minister during these festive occasions not only brings joy to the soldiers but also reinforces the Government’s commitment to the welfare and morale of the armed forces. Undoubtedly, the soldiers feel encouraged and appreciated when they see their leaders celebrating festivals with them, sharing moments of camaraderie, and acknowledging their sacrifices.
Rajnath Singh’s celebrations with the troops at various border locations, including Leh, Uttarakhand, and Tejpur, further highlight the Government’s dedication to the betterment of the armed forces and their families. These gestures of solidarity and appreciation serve as a powerful reminder of the bond between the nation’s leaders and its brave soldiers, united in their commitment to safeguarding the country’s borders and upholding its values of courage, dedication, and service.
To sum up it all, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s heartfelt celebrations with the Indian armed forces not only foster a sense of camaraderie and appreciation but also reflect the Government’s unwavering support for the soldiers who selflessly serve the nation. These gestures of solidarity resonate deeply with the troops and serve as a testament to the unbreakable bond between the nation and its defenders. Nation salutes to such gestures….!!

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