Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at the celebration of Diwali with Soldiers of Indian Armed Forces at Longewala in Jaisalmer

  • On behalf of 130 crore countrymen, I once again congratulate all the brave hearts who have stood round the clock for the service and safety of Maa Bharati.
  • Be it on the borders of the country, the skies or the seas; the snowy peaks or the dense forests, I salute every valiant son and daughter defending the nation, our forces, BSF, ITBP, CISF, security forces and police personnel on this auspicious festival of Deepawali.
  • The safety of the nation, the happiness of the people and these festivals of the country are because of you. Today I have brought the greetings of every Indian.
  • I have brought the love of crores of Indians. I have come with the blessings of every senior citizen.
  • I extend my heartfelt greetings to those brave mothers and sisters today, and salute their sacrifice whose own sons/daughters or brothers/sisters are posted on the borders even during the festival. I salute all the family members.
  • Once again close both fists and speak loudly along with me: Bharat Mata Ki Jai! Bharat Mata Ki Jai! Bharat Mata Ki Jai!
  • Friends, I remember that I had visited Siachenon the occasion ofDeepawali for the first time in 2014 after becoming the Prime Minister to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers.
  • A lot of people were surprised. What is the Prime Minister doing on a festive day? But, now you also know my feelings.
  • How can I stay away from my own people on the festival of Diwali? And that’s why I am here with you today even this year on Deepawali. I have come to my loved ones.
  • Whether you are on the snowy hills, or in the desert, Diwali feels complete to me only when I am with you! When I see the brightness and happiness on your faces, it multiplies the level of my joy.
  • For this happiness and also for the joy of my countrymen, today once again I have come here to be with you in a desert.
  • I have brought some sweets for you on this festive occasion. But it is not just the Prime Minister of the country who has come with sweets.
  • I have also brought the love of all the countrymen along with the sweets. You can taste the sweetness of the hands of every mother in the country.
  • In these sweets, you have the blessings of every brother, sister and father. And therefore, I have not come here alone.
  • I have also brought with me the love, affection and blessings that the country has for you.
  • And friends, Today I am here on this post of Longewala and the country is watching you, the sons and the daughters of Maa Bharati who bring glory to my country.
  • I believe that the name of a post most remembered by the people of the country and several generations is the Longewala post – a post, where the temperature touches 50 degrees in summer and goes below zero degrees in winter; and one cannot even see each other’s face due to the way in which the sand blows in May and June.
  • At this post, your colleagues have written a saga of valour that fills the heart of every Indian with a lot of zeal even today.
  • As soon as we speak of Longewala, the slogan of ‘जो बोले सो निहाल, सत श्री अकाल’ starts ringing in the ears.