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National Unity Day

  • 31 Oct 2019
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National Unity Day is celebrated every year on 31st October to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

  • It is also known as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
  • It was celebrated for the first time in 2014 with the aim to pay tribute to the ‘Iron man of India’ by remembering his extraordinary works for the country.
  • Several events are organized on this day like ‘Run For Unity’-a nationwide marathon to increase awareness about the contribution of Sardar Patel to national integrity, National Unity pledge, etc.
  • In 2018, the Government of India unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat in the honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
    • It is the tallest statue in the world.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • Sardar Patel was born on 31st October 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat.
  • He was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India.
  • He played an important role in the integration of many Indian princely states to make an Indian federation.
    • At the time of independence, Sardar Patel played a key role in convincing several princely states to align with the Indian Union.
    • He also worked hard as a social leader for the Independence of India.
  • Women of Bardoli bestowed the title ‘Sardar’ on Vallabhbhai Patel, which means ‘a Chief or a Leader’.
  • He is recognized as the real unifier of India for his colossal contribution to integrate and make India a united (Ek Bharat) and an independent nation.
    • He requested the people of India to live together by uniting in order to create Shresth Bharat (Foremost India).
  • He is also remembered as the ‘Patron saint of India’s civil servants’ as he established the modern all-India services system.

Source: IE

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