UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew parallels between the festival of Diwali and Britain's fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Johnson made the remarks during his inaugural address for 'iGlobal Diwali Fest 2020'.
"While undoubtedly there are huge challenges ahead, I have every confidence in the resilience and resolve and good sense of people across the country and that together we will overcome this virus, just as Diwali teaches us that light triumphs over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance," UK PM Boris Johnson said addressing the country from his official residence, 10 Downing Street in London on Friday.
Drawing parallels between the triumph of good over evil as signified by the festival of lights, Johnson said, "Jsust as Lord Rama and his wife Sita found their way home after the defeat of the demon king Ravana, their way lit by many millions of lamps, so too we shall find our way through this, and we shall do so triumphantly."
UK PM Boris Johnson also took note of the fact that the festival of Diwali will be celebrated amid lockdown restrictions in Britain. In fact, he went further to praise the Indian community in the UK for the sacrifices they may have to make to ensure a safe and secure Diwali in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I know that celebrating at a distance isn't easy when you want to get together with all your family or visit your friends or share with them the Diwali fun, as well of course the odd samosa or gulab jamun," news agency PTI quoted Johnson as saying.November 7, 2020
Praising the spirit of the Indian community in the face of the pandemic, UK PM Boris Johnson added, "So I want you to know that your sacrifices, and your determination to do the right thing really are helping to save lives, and tough though I know many aspects of this year have been, I have been blown away by the inspirational way in which Hindus, Sikhs and Jains have responded to this crisis with compassion, community spirit and a can-do attitude."
A three-day virtual Diwali fest, 'iGlobal Diwali Fest 2020' will see the participation of top British politicians, including UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, Opposition Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrat Ed Davey.
Music and dance performances will also be a part of the virtual Diwali fest along with an awards ceremony to honour the contribution of the British Indian community across various fields.