In the wake of the ongoing tensions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir along the Indo-Pak border, the Indian Army decided to keep the celebrations low key during this festive season of Diwali.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi along with the Gen Dalbir Singh, spent Diwali with the frontline troops, guarding and defending our borders despite inhospitable terrain and weather and continuous unprovoked firing by Pakistani soldiers and its sponsored terrorists.
Significantly, PM Modi since coming to power has spent every Diwali with his soldiers. Even this Diwali, they shared time with our brave troops guarding a strategically important place along the Indo-China border in Himachal Pradesh.
The PM has also dedicated this Diwali to our brave soldiers during his Mann Ki Baat.
For the first time ever and as a mark of respect to the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in Uri and other areas, the Indian Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh cancelled the traditional open house that is held every year at the Army House in New Delhi during Diwali. It is during this annual event of open house that anybody in Army Headquarters along with veterans get together at the official residence of the COAS to celebrate the festival of Diwali and interact with the hierarchy.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 30, 2016
The COAS in a silent expression of solidarity with his frontline troops and the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who are suffering immensely due to Pakistan’s unprovoked ceasefire violations, decided to call off this annual event. This move assumes significance as the recent history, despite all the ups and downs, this event has never been cancelled before, not even during the Kargil war. Similar sentiments were visible at other Military stations across the country.
Even the Infantry Day celebrations of 27 Oct were restricted to wreath laying at the India Gate with the celebratory and customary Infantry Day lunch being cancelled as a mark of respect and to honour the brave martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in Uri and other areas while guarding our borders in inclement weather, along inhospitable terrain and fighting the terrorists and giving a befitting reply to Pakistan’s nefarious designs.