Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 7
The festival of Rakhri, symbolising love between brothers and sisters, was celebrated with fervour in the holy city.
Former Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla along with schoolchildren visited the Attari-Wagah joint check-post and celebrated Rakhri with BSF jawans.
Chawla has been following the practice since 1969. Children of various schools and college students presented a cultural programme at the joint check-post to mark the occasion.
While addressing the jawans and the students, Chawla said these brave soldiers were guarding the boundaries of the nation, so that their fellow countrymen could sleep in peace.
She said they were far away from their sisters who would have tied rakhis to them on this festival. It was an honour for them to tie rakhis on the wrists of these jawans who did not think twice before laying down their lives for the nation.
BSF officials while speaking on the occasion said they were always ready to make sacrifices for the country, adding that they were proud of their sisters and mothers who came to tie rakhis to them every year at the border.
Meanwhile, students and staff members of Patanjali Yog Peeth University held a ‘yajna’ at the border.
Former DIG of the BSF and Director of the university Sumer Singh along with 50 students, three teachers, one warden and another Director, Ramesh Shastri, took part in the ‘yajna’.
Sumer Singh said the objective of the ‘yajna’ was to pray to the Almighty to impart a positive outlook to Pakistan, her politicians and administration.
Later in the evening, Chawla, veteran BJP leader, along with other leaders and residents tied rakhis to police officials, including Police Commissioner SS Srivastava and others.