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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 12.11.2012

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has sent his greetings to fellow countrymen on the occasion of Diwali.

In his message, the President has said, "On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to my countrymen in India and around the world. Diwali is a time for festivity and happiness cutting across all faiths and cultures. It is an occasion to share our joy with those who are needy and deprived.

The diyas lit on the moonless night of Diwali signify the end of the darkness of ignorance and the beginning of light that enlightens all.

On this auspicious occasion, let us channelize our energies towards vanquishing want and suffering and strive hard for collective growth. May this Festival of Lights dispel darkness and bring joy and prosperity to all.

I urge all Indians to try and celebrate a pollution free Diwali".

This release issued at 1325hrs