New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the country is celebrating the festival of lights, Diwali, today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the nation on this auspicious day. PM Modi while addressing the nation in his monthly radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday pitched the idea of "Festival Tourism", and urged the citizens to popularise the festivals of India and invite people from other states and countries to join the festivities.

Speaking on the 58th edition of his monthly radio program 'Mann ki Baat', he said, "Festival tourism has its own exciting attractions globally. India is the land of festivals that presents immense possibilities for festival tourism."

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"We must try to popularise our festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Onam, Pongal or Bihu and it must be our endeavour to ensure that we should welcomingly invite people from other states and countries to join in the festivities. Every state and religion in our country has their own festivals and people from foreign countries have a keen interest in them," the Prime Minister said.

Modi also underlined that Indians living abroad have an important role in boosting festival tourism in the country.

While addressing the nation Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared many inspiring stories of women and their achievements as a part of celebrating India's 'Nari Shakti', thereby felicitating the 'Bharat ki Lakshmi'.

Prime Minister Modi had announced the starting of 'Bharat ki Lakshmi' campaign during Diwali on his 57th edition of 'Mann Ki Baat' and called on citizens to outline the achievements of 'daughters' of the country using #BharatKiLaxmi.

"In last Mann Ki Baat, we had decided to celebrate this Diwali in a different way. I had called for celebrating the achievements of Naari Shakti of India--which means honouring 'Bharat ki Laxmi'--Lakshmi of India," said Modi.

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"Soon after I conveyed this message, it drew an instant response and social media has been flooded with several inspirational stories," he added.

Sharing another story, Modi told that Geetika Swami who is quite active on Twitter says that for her Major Khushbu Kanwar is 'Bharat ki Laxmi' who is the daughter of a bus conductor and she led the all-women contingent of the Assam Rifles.

"For Kavita Tiwari Ji, her daughter is her Bharat ki Laxmi, she is proud that her daughter makes beautiful paintings. Also, she has achieved a high-rank degree in CLAT," said Modi.

Narrating another motivating story, Modi told about a 92-year-old woman who has been providing free drinking water to travellers at Gwalior Railway Station for many years.

"Megha who shared this story with us is greatly inspired by the compassion of this Bharat ki Laxmi. People have shared many such stories. I request you all to read these stories and get inspired. Please share similar stories from your surroundings," said Modi.

Prime Minister humbly greeted all these 'Laxmis of India'.

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Modi also shared a poem penned by poetess Sanchi Honnamma in Kannada that embodies the same expression and thought to pertain to every Bharat ki Laxmi.

"A famous poet of the seventeenth century, Sanchi Honnamma wrote a poem in Kannada depicting the same spirit about Bharat ki Laxmi, that we are discussing today. This poem consists of beautiful expressions," said Modi.

Translating the poem into the Hindi language, Modi said: " The poem means Himvanta got fame because of his daughter Parvati, Rishi Bhrigu got fame because of his daughter Laxmi and King Janak got fame because of his daughter Sita."

"Our daughters are our pride and from our daughters, only our society draws its strength and hope for future," he added.

Days before the Supreme Court is to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled how political parties and the civil society played a mature role in uniting people when efforts were made to create fissures ahead of the 2010 Allahabad High Court ruling on the disputed land in Ayodhya.

Prime minister said he vividly remembers the September of 2010 when several "interest groups" had tried to exploit the situation to their interest.

He said the language that was used was aimed at inflaming the atmosphere. "Some loudmouths had made irresponsible statements just to hog the limelight ... It continued for five to 10 days," he said.

Thanks to the people of India, social organisations, political parties, saints, seers and leaders of all faiths, it became a day that furthered unity, he said adding the judiciary was also respected by all after the verdict.

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A Special Full Bench of the Allahabad High Court had ruled that the disputed land in Ayodhya will be divided into three parts. A two-thirds portion is to be shared by two Hindu plaintiffs and one-third will be given to the Sunni Muslim Waqf Board. The apex court is likely to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya issue by November 17 the day CJI Gogoi will demit his office.



(With agencies Inputs) 

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