Evil forces to tar­get: Pol­lu­tion, hate...

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New Delhi: Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Vi­jayadasham­i cel­e­bra­tions at Lav Kush Ramlila Com­mit­tee at the Red Fort fore­grounds, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said that the peo­ple of Delhi have achieved vic­tory over the evil of dengue by con­trol­ling the spread of the dis­ease.

Be­gin­ning his speech by chant­ing “Jai Shri Ram”, Ke­jri­wal said, “Dussehra sym­bol­ises vic­tory of good over evil. We also need to win over Ra­vana-like forces in our so­ci­ety and coun­try.” He added that this year doc­tors and ex­perts were of the opin­ion that Delhi would be hit by a se­vere dengue prob­lem, but the move­ment against the dis­ease had yielded pos­i­tive re­sults. He asked peo­ple to re­main vig­i­lant till Novem­ber 15 to make the drive suc­cess­ful.

The CM said, “Delhi has also achieved 25% re­duc­tion in pol­lu­tion lev­els, which is an­other evil force. I would like to in­vite Del­hi­ites for a laser show at Con­naught Place on Ch­hoti Di­wali. Af­ter car­ry­ing out puja in your homes, please join us there. There is only one con­di­tion at­tached with the in­vi­ta­tion: peo­ple shouldn’t burst crack­ers on Di­wali.”

Across the street at Nav Sri Dharmik Ramlila, for­mer

Dussehra sym­bol­ises vic­tory of good over evil. We also need to win over Ra­vana-like forces in our so­ci­ety and coun­try

ARVIND KE­JRI­WAL

PM Man­mo­han Singh and Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi threw sym­bolic ar­rows at the ef­fi­gies of Ra­vana, Megh­nad and Kumbhkarna. Vice-pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu took part in Dharmic Leela Com­mit­tee cel­e­bra­tions in front of Red Fort. He called for elim­i­nat­ing so­cial evils like casteism, fun­da­men­tal­ism, cor­rup­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion that im­pede the progress of so­ci­ety and the na­tion.

Naidu said Lord Ram’s king­dom was an ideal state. “Ma­hatma Gandhi had also dreamt that In­dia should aim for Ram Ra­jya, which en­vis­ages a so­ci­ety based on virtue, moral­ity and jus­tice. To Gandhi, it meant a na­tion that en­sured equal rights to both prince and pau­per,” he added.

“Ra­mayana re­minds us of our duty to­wards the world, so­ci­ety and fam­ily. It de­fines the re­la­tion­ship of hu­man be­ings with each other and with mother earth, na­ture, birds and an­i­mals. This mes­sage gains rel­e­vance in the cur­rent global con­text of for­mi­da­ble chal­lenges to world peace and pros­per­ity,” Naidu said.

In a de­par­ture from tra­di­tion, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind took part in cel­e­bra­tion at In­draprastha Ramlila in IP Ex­ten­sion, east Delhi.

Deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia, who par­tic­i­pated in Ramlila cel­e­bra­tions at Mayur Vi­har-II, said peo­ple should go back home and think about whether Ra­vana in the form of hate, anger, etc has also been wiped off. “Please try to elim­i­nate these smaller Ra­vanas we ac­cu­mu­late through the year,” he added.

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