Rashtriya Ekta Diwas: History and significance of National Unity Day

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas: History and significance of National Unity Day

National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is celebrated on October 31 every year to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

This year will mark the 146th anniversary of the Iron Man of India. The objective is to maintain the nation’s unity and aims to spread awareness about Patel’s contribution to Indian history.

History of the day:

In memory of the first Deputy Prime Minister of independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was introduced in 2014.

Patel played a crucial role in India’s freedom movement and in the integration of India from 560 princely states.

In addition to this, the Government of India has constructed a huge statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel near the Narmada River in Gujarat in memory of the Iron Man of India.

Significance of National Unity Day:

The Home Ministry of India, in an official statement for National Unity Day, cited, “The day will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country.”

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