Celebrities Send Diwali Greetings To Jawans Following PM Modi's #Sandesh2Soldiers Campaign
(Photo: An Indian Army soldier participates in a war exercise during a two-day "Know Your Army" exhibition in Ahmedabad, India, August 19, 2016. REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the people to send their good wishes to the Army and security forces personnel on Diwali saying such messages will boost their morale.
Speaking at a rally in Mahoba, Modi said, "I call upon the people to boost the morale of our soldiers - the Army, Naval forces, Air Force and all security forces - by sending them good wishes on Diwali".
While people can send messages and greetings under the #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign on the Narendra Modi App, through MyGov.in, and also through All India Radio, celebrities took to Twitter to share their messages and encourage millions on the platform to join the campaign.
Actor Akshay Kumar has sent out a special video message for the Indian soldiers, wishing them a "Happy Diwali".
In the video, which he shared on Monday the micro-blogging site, the actor said, "The best way to celebrate a festival is with your loved ones and the good luck of spending festivals with our families is because of you (soldiers). Without even knowing us, you love us and keep us safe."
"I dedicate this Diwali to all the soldiers...We are because of you. This was my message to the soldiers."
The 49-year-old actor also urged people to send their special Diwali message to the soldiers.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 24, 2016
Others who send in their wishes for the jawans include former cricketer Virender Sehwag, Mahindra chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra, actor Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, singer Kailash Kher and several politicians.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 25, 2016
— Kailash Kher (@Kailashkher) October 24, 2016
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) October 24, 2016
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) October 24, 2016
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) October 24, 2016
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 25, 2016
Reportedly, some of the messages will be read in PM's Mann Ki Baat.
The campaign comes against the backdrop of the surgical strikes carried out by the Army on terror launch pads in PoK and the heightened border tension.
The #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign is expected to generate increased interaction between the people and the Armed Forces.
With input from Agencies.