This was the first time a PM chose to depart from the tradition of celebrating Dussehra at Delhi’s Ram Leela grounds.
Modi invoked the legend of Ram and Sita to highlight the government’s pledge to end gender bias in the country. “We burn effigies of Raavan since ages to condemn the assault on Sita’s honour. But we distinguish between boys and girls,” Modi said as he referred to filth, poverty, illiteracy and casteism as other forms of evil.
Addressing the rally earlier, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that under Modi’s leadership, the government has shown to the world that India is a strong nation