In his message, the President extended his warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens in India and abroad.

"Diwali is a harbinger of joy and happiness. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. It is also an occasion for strengthening bonds of friendship and goodwill between people of all communities and religions," he said.

"May this year's celebrations dispel the darkness of ignorance and bring the light of happiness for those who are less privileged," he said.

Mukherjee added, "Let us celebrate this festival by reaffirming faith in all that is good, noble and virtuous and instilling in ourselves pride in the composite culture of India. Let us do everything possible to make this year's Diwali celebrations pollution free and environmentally safe."

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