Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Dussehra celebrations at Ram Leela Maidan in Dwarka, New Delhi, on Tuesday delivered a message of women's empowerment and drew the mythological reference on how they are the incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. Putting forth that the daughters of India are an 'avatar' of the diety, he mentioned how he had spoken on the matter on his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat as well:
"I had spoken during Mann Ki Baat, that in a country where Lakshmi is worshipped, in that country we have Lakshmi in our homes, in our villages, in our locality, there is a Lakshmi. Our daughters are an avatar of Lakshmi. We, in our villages, in our localities, in our wards, in our cities, during this Diwali, the daughters who have achieved something in their lives, the daughters who are an inspiration to others, we should organise an event, to commemorate those daughters. That should be our Lakshmi Pujan," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
In his address at the Dussehra event, PM Modi spoke about the festivals in India and said they highlight the diversity that is endemic to our country. He added that through the different festivals in the country, India celebrates its diversity by acknowledging different forms of music, art and culture. As per the customs, PM Modi at the celebration shot an arrow at a 107-foot Ravana effigy in Dwarka.
May the blessings of Prabhu Shri Ram always remain upon us.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2019
May the power of truth, goodness and compassion always prevail.
May evil be eliminated.
Jai Shri Ram! 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/OCZOLsX7ug
The Prime Minister also did not fail to mark another special aspect of the day - the 87th Indian Air Force Day - which marks the anniversary of the IAF's establishment. Earlier in the day he had posted a video hailing the IAF.
Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence. pic.twitter.com/iRJAIqft11— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2019