President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh greeted the nation on the joyous
occasion of Diwali.
In her message, President Patil said, "On the joyous
occasion of Diwali, I convey my warm greetings and good wishes to
everyone in India and abroad."
"Diwali, the festival of lights is the celebration of
the victory of good over evil. Let this year's festival bring peace,
prosperity and communal harmony amongst the people and illumine the
lives of those who are in need of help," the President added.
In his message, Hamid Ansari said that celebrated
throughout the country in a mood of festivity and gaiety, Diwali
symbolises the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, of
truth over untruth.
"In celebrating this effervescent festival, we
emphasise the importance of these timeless values in our lives," he
"May the noble ideals of the festival prevail and
usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives," the Vice
In his separate message, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that
Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and brings joy and
hope to people all over the country.
"It is an occasion for strengthening the bonds of
friendship and goodwill between us. The festival of lights inspires
us to fight darkness in all spheres of life," he said.
"May Diwali bring increased happiness, peace and
prosperity to our people," the Prime Minister added.