Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said festivals teach inclusiveness. He was speaking at a Dussehra celebration held at New Delhi’s Red Fort Ground. Modi asked Indians to commit to doing something noteworthy for the nation.

“Such a festival should not be just about celebrations, it should also lead to some mission,” the prime minister said in a brief speech. “Our festivals are a medium to educate society, and it has been a tradition for our festivals to lead society towards inclusiveness,” PM Modi said.

President Ram Nath Kovind spoke of Lord Ram’s values and how they were still relevant.

The nine-day celebration of each form of Goddess Durga – Navratri – culminates with Dussehra, or Vijayadashami, the day of victory of good over evil, a message both leaders stuck to in their speeches.

Dussehra festivities were marked across the country

Artists enact the Ramlila in New Delhi. (Credit: PTI)
A procession in Allahabad. (Credit: PTI)