Following is the text of Vice President's message:
"I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, the festival of lights.
Deepawali signifies the victory of good over evil and encourages us to emulate the noble and virtuous qualities of Lord Rama. Also associated with Goddess Lakshmi - the harbinger of wealth, grace and prosperity - Deepawali is celebrated on a grand scale not only in India but all over the world by the people of Indian origin.
Deepawali celebrations play an important role in promoting amity and harmony amongst the people. May this festival light up our lives and usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives."
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