13-01-2012 : Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
The President of India, Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil has greeted her fellow countrymen on the occasion of the festivals of Makara Sankranti and Pongal, which fall on January 14th and 15th respectively.
In her message the President has said, "On the auspicious occasion of Makara Sankranti and Pongal, I express my greetings to all the people of India and wish them prosperity and happiness.
These festivals are expressions of the emotional unity that is our nation's strength. May the celebrations reinforce the ties that bind us together as a nation, in peace and harmony."
This release issued at 1530 hrs.