Hillary Clinton Monday greeted the Indian American community on Diwali and said that if elected, she’d continue to celebrate Diwali in the White House. Echoing PM Narendra Modi’s thoughts which he shared with the people on radio program, ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Clinton talked about the significance of celebrating Diwali. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign said that about a billion people of different faiths – Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world and two million Americans in addition will celebrate Diwali. Underlined the importance of the festival for the people of these faiths she said “For members of these faiths, lighting the lamp (the diya) is a reminder that light prevails over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil”.
Modi on Sunday had said that the festival of Diwali will bring the world closer to enlightenment. PM Modi on his program had also shown gratitude towards the US postal service for launching Diwali postal stamps on the occasion.
“The United States and India share deep cultural ties. So there’s a large and active Indian-American population here in the United States. It contributes greatly to the success and vibrancy of our country, our economy and our democracy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told PTI. “US Postal Services is viewed by Indian-Americans as an affirmation of the key role played by them in the US, the White House said today, as it hailed the community’s contribution to the country.” he added.
Hillary Clinton said “Here in the United States, it is a tribute to the Indian American community that Diwali is celebrated with such beauty and joy.” Talking about the importance of diversity for the county, Clinton said that it is one of the “greatest strengths” of America as a nation. The statement further adds that if elected, she will be committed to build an administration that will reflect this diversity. In the end, she wished the people and said, “To those of you celebrating this joyous occasion, I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak,”