Guwahati: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among several leaders who extended their wishes on Raksha Bandhan, a festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters, on Monday.
Most of the leaders took to Twitter to extend their wishes, as they called for love and respect. Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "Many wishes to all the countrymen on the holy festival of Raksha Bandhan."
रक्षा बंधन के पावन पर्व पर समस्त देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 3, 2020
President Kovind tweeted, "Greetings on Raksha Bandhan! Rakhi is the sacred thread of love and trust that connects sisters with brothers in a special bond. On this day, let us reiterate our commitment to secure the honor and dignity of women."
Vice president Naidu also stressed women's empowerment so that women can "reach their true potential".
"I convey my greetings and good wishes to the people on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan. This festival reaffirms the strong ties of love and affection that bind brothers and sisters together," Naidu wrote on Twitter.
"On this auspicious occasion, let us also resolve to uphold the dignity and respect traditionally accorded to women in our society and empower women to reach their true potential. May this festival usher in greater peace, harmony, and prosperity in the country," he further added.
Home minister Amit Shah, who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and is currently hospitalized, also conveyed his wishes on Raksha Bandhan.
Writing in Hindi, Shah tweeted, "Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the sacred festival of Rakshabandhan."
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year to honor the special bond and love between siblings. During the festival, sisters tie a symbolic string called "rakhi" on their brothers' wrists. The brothers, in turn, vow to protect their sisters and keep them away from harm's way.