President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday extended greetings on the occasion of Dussehra. Reminding everyone that Dussehra symbolizes the victory of good over evil, the President of the Union said, “warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow countrymen in India and abroad on the joyous occasion of Dussehra.”
Lending the message, he said the festivity of Dussehra reiterates the belief that those “who follow the path of virtue, goodness and righteousness will always emerge victorious.”
Later in the day, President Mukherjee along with Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah attended Dussehra celebrations in Old Delhi where the effigies of Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbakaran were burnt after the fire-crackers.
At a time when debate against intolerance is on rise amid shocking incidents in Dadri and Ballabgarh village, President Mukherjee took the festival of Dussehra as an opportunity to emphasise on the necessity to uphold brotherhood.
“May compassion, love and brotherhood prevail over all forces of obscurantism and evil that seek to divide us” said the President.
Wishing the nation, Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari in his message said “I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.”
“Celebrated with traditional fervor and zeal, Dussehra marks the victory of the forces of good over evil and fills the people with the spirit of brotherhood and amity” VP Hamid Ansari added in his message.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too sent his greetings to the people of the nation. Writing on the micro-blogging site Twitter, the Prime Minister wished, “Greetings & best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala and invoked his blessings, expressing confidence that the country would remain peaceful and united.
On his maiden visit to the ancient temple after becoming PM, he arrived at Tirumala late on Thursday afternoon from Amaravati, where he laid the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital.
(With inputs from the PTI)