Even as India deals with the raging coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi might just spend one more Diwali with Indian Army jawans posted at the border areas.
The prime minister has made it a routine to spend this day every year with the soldiers who are posted at the frontier areas and as such, to make sure that they don’t feel left out of all the celebrations elsewhere in the country.
According to reports, Prime Minister Modi may spend the Diwali this year with soldiers posted at the India-Pakistan Jaisalmer border in Rajasthan. The prime minister’s visit assumes special significance this year since it will occur on an otherwise glum Diwali in the midst of a pandemic.
Reports state that Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat and Indian Army Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) may also be present with Prime Minister Modi for the ocassion.
On this day, the prime minister greets the soldiers with sweets and addresses all their issues at an interpersonal level. It is considered that the activity greatly boosts the morale of the jawans, who are often posted in remote areas.
On Diwali last year, Modi celebrated Diwali with Indian soldiers at Line of Control at BG Sector, Poonch and Rajouri in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The prime minister had complimented the soldiers for guarding the frontiers and foiling sinister designs of the elements inimical to the nation, a Defence statement had detailed.