On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all my respected Islanders. I am happy that the Festival of lights is being celebrated across Andaman and Nicobar Islands along with rest of the Country, by its people irrespective of caste, colour and creed which is a strong re-affirmation of the Island’s secular traditions. Diwali marks victory of good over evil and is an occasion to reinforce bonds of brotherhood in the society. May each “diya” we light be a source for peace, all round prosperity, good health to each and every islanders and bring communal harmony and fraternal relations between the people across the islands. I request you all to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly and pollution-free manner and also bring the light of happiness and joy into the lives of the poor and downtrodden in the society.