Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu attended the massive celebration of Vijayadashami or Dussehra at Red Fort ground on Saturday.
The event also saw former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Kovind’s wife Savita Kovind attending the celebration.
Ministry of Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan was present at the Dussehra celebration at Red Fort Ground as well.
Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) chief Manoj Tiwari and Minister of States (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel were also present at the Red Fort Ground for Vijayadashami celebrations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the special occasion, said that celebrating festivals is like a union of knowledge and learning in India.
“In every festival that we celebrate, the society is driven towards a collective celebration, to create a sensation in the nation, which is a tradition in our country. Our festivals are connected to farming, rivers and oceans. Our festivals are connected to history and they are connected to our cultural traditions,” Prime Minister Modi asserted while addressing the crowd.
Modi declared, “Such celebrations should not only be a cause for entertainment but a determination to do something. Let us promise to ourselves that in 2022, when India will complete its 75 years of Independence, we make a contribution to our nation as a citizen of this country.”
President Ram Nath Kovind asked all the citizens to come together and fight against issues like corruption, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism, which are a threat to the society.
He then said, “We have so much to learn, one of which is that no work or person is big or small, and if we do all our work with dedication, honesty, and all our might, also thinking that this will help in the development of the country then I understand that every work will work as a way of progress in this nation.”
Later effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad were burnt at Delhi’s Red Fort Ground.
The burning of Raavan showcases the victory of good over evil.
BJP President Amit Shah attended the Dussehra celebration at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, where actor John Abraham also attended the celebrations.