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PM Modi greets nation on Eid in Mann ki Baat, said diversity is India’s strength

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted India on Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday through his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. “The holy month of Ramzan was celebrated with devotion. Now it is time for Eid. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my best wishes to all,” PM Modi said.

“Ramzan is a month of holy donations, to spread happiness… Come, let us all together take inspiration to keep spreading the treasure of happiness and keep taking the nation forward,” he added.

He emphasised that India’s diversity is its speciality as well as its strength and said: “I extend greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Jagannath yatra, The country’s poor people are connected to Lord Jagannath. Those who have studied Baba Sahab Ambedkar would have seen that he used to shower praise on Lord Jagannath temple and its traditions because it involved social justice and social harmony.”

He appreciated the act of a Muslim-dominated village refusing the government funding to construct the toilets in their village.
“During the Ramzan, people of Muslim-dominated Mubarakpur village in Bijnaur district of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of about 3,500 families, decided to construct a toilet collectively. The government provided about Rs 17 lakh, but you will be happy to know that all the Muslim brothers and sisters, on the occasion of Ramzan, returned the amount of about Rs 17 lakh to the government saying they would construct their toilet with their own money and labour,” said PM Modi.