New Delhi: Greeting the people on the occasion of Dussehra during his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the nation is sure to win the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
"Dussehra is also a festival of victory of patience over crises. 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," PM Modi said.
"During festivals, do remember lockdown times when we got to know those close associates of society without whom our lives would have been very difficult. Sanitation workers, housekeepers and guards were with us in difficult times. Now during festivals, we have to take them along," he added.
PM Modi also appealed to people to light lamps for the soldiers of the Indian Army. The Indian Army is on high alert at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China intruding into Indian territory at several places in eastern Ladakh.
"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 for these brave sons and daughter of Mother India. The entire nation is with them," PM Modi said.
He also pitched for local manufacturers and urged people to promote locally made products.
"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," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
"Almost 90% of the demand for pencil slate in the country is met by Kashmir valley, and Pulwama has a big share in that. At one time, we used to import the wood for pencils, but now Pulwama is making the nation self-reliant in this field," he added.
PM Modi also congratulated the people for showing restraint during the Navratri festival and refraining from causing too much crowding at public places.
"Previously, a large number of people used to gather in Durga Puja Pandals. It was a fair-like atmosphere during Durga Puja and Dussehra. But this time it didn't happen. Many more festivals are to be observed, we have to work with restraint during this coronaviris crisis," he remarked.