“Worship All Daughters This Diwali”: PM Modi At Dussehra Event In Delhi
NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people to celebrate the girl child this Diwali while inaugurating a Dussehra function at Delhi’s Dwarka. “Lakshmi in our house.
He said in a country where goddesses are worshipped during Navratri, people should take the spirit forward by working towards furthering the empowerment of women as well as protecting their dignity. In Mann ki Baat, I had said Lakshmi is in house, our area… our daughters are manifestations of Lakshmi,” the Prime Minister said in his address.
“On this Diwali, all daughters should be worshipped and respected… Continuing with spirit of Navratra, let us work towards furthering empowerment and dignity of women,” added the Prime Minister, who has adopted “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, educate her) as one of the key programmes of his government.
In his address today, PM Modi said “Our festivals are educational… we can change us when required… because in our society, we have people fighting against evil”. It is also important to “fight evil within ourselves”, he added.
PM Modi attended the Dussehra celebrations on Tuesday in Dwarka. The event organised by Dwarka Sri Ram Leela Society at DDA Ground in Dwarka Sector 10. Delhi BJP MPs felicitated the prime minister with a Gada (mace) at the event.
PM Modi travelled in the Delhi Metro from Dwarka Sector-1 Metro Station to reach the venue in Dwarka Ram Leela ground for Ravan Dhahan. On the occasion of Dussehra, the effigy of demon king Ravana is burnt to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.
In 2016, the prime minister had attended the Dussehra function in Lucknow during his first stint in office.
The 107-ft effigy of the demon king Ravana and those of Kumbhakarna and Meghanad were prepared with green crackers, said chairman of Dwarka Sri Ramleela Society Rajesh Gehlot.
Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of Dussehra. “Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami,” he wrote on Twitter along with a video message on the festival. He appeals to the nation to take inspiration from Lord Ram and continue to fight the evil forces not just on the outside but also within.
Meanwhile, In her message today, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said the day underlines that arrogance and injustice, even by the most powerful, is ultimately defeated. “After days of fasting and worship, the festivities of Dussehra signify the victory of truth over untruth, virtue over vice and good over evil and give us the message of goodness, modesty, moderation and the holy and unassailable position of women, Sonia Gandhi said.