President, PM greet nation on Christmas

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 15:24 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 24 (IBNS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday greeted the nation on occasion of Christmas, which will be celebrated on Tuesday.

In a message, the President said, "On the occasion of Christmas, I convey my greetings to all and wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year. May the Christmas bells dispel hatred and violence. As the world lights candles for Christmas this year, may the spirit of caring and sharing pervade our beings."

"Let us renew in our minds and hearts the teachings of love and compassion of Jesus Christ and recall his sacrifice for humanity."

Speaking on the Delhi gangrape victim, Mukherjee said: "We mark Christmas at a time when the nation is joined in anguish and distress over the recent horrific attack on a young girl in New Delhi."

"I laud the courage and tenacity of this young lady and her family. On this Christmas day, let us join in prayer for the full and speedy recovery of this strong and courageous girl."

"Let us resolve to redouble our efforts for the protection of women and their welfare. Let us strive to ensure that women feel safe and secure at all times in our country," he said.

In a message, Prime Minister said that Christmas is a special opportunity to spread the spirit of peace.

"The festival of Christmas gives the hope to strengthen the values of brotherhood, tolerance and caring. May the festival bring happiness and prosperity to all," Singh said.