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October 31: Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) is observed across India on 31 October to commemorate birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

Observance of the day provides an opportunity to re-affirm inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand actual and potential threats to unity, integrity and security of our country.

2016 Theme:  “Integration of India”.

To mark this occasion various activities and events are being organised across ministries and departments all over the country. Besides, Run for Unity was organised in New Delhi.

The idea of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was mooted by PM Narendra Modi in October 2014 to mark the birth anniversary of country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • He was born on 31 October, 1875 at Karamsand, Gujarat. He is known as the Iron Man of India or Bismarck of India.
  • By profession, he was a barrister and had successfully practiced law. Later he left law practice and joined the Indian national movement under leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • In India’s independence struggle, he played a major role in organizing peasants’ movements on Gandhian principles in Bardoli and Kheda in Gujarat and during the Quit India movement.
  • His biggest contribution to India was his role in the integration of the over 500 princely states with India during 1947-49.
  • He is also remembered as the Patron Saint of India’s civil servants for establishing modern All-India services.

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First Rashtriya Ekta Diwas observed on October 31, 2014

First Rashtriya Ekta Diwas observed, people across India participate in ‘Run for Unity’

On 31st October 2014, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was observed nationwide to commemorate the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The decision to observe 31 October as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Integration Day was taken by the Union Government.

The day was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Patel and also flagged off the Run For Unity in New Delhi.

‘Run for Unity’ campaign

  • The Run for Unity campaign, a nationwide marathon took place on the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
  • It was organized in cities, towns and villages all over India.
  • This campaign was to pay tribute to the efforts made by Sardar Patel to unite India.
  • During flagged off occasion, the PM Narendra Modi praised Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and requested the people to work towards creating Shresth Bharat (Foremost India).

Objective of the Commemoration Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

This day will create awareness among the people about Sardar Patel’s contribution towards India’s freedom struggle and ensuring national integration in India.

Sardar Patel played a pivotal role in the merger of princely states with British ruled India to form a sovereign united country called India

It will reaffirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • Sardar Patel was born on 31 October, 1875 at Karamsand, Gujarat.
  • He was a barrister with a successful law practice, before he left the law to join the Indian national movement under Gandhi.
  • He played a major role in organizing peasants’ movements in Kheda and Bardoli in Gujarat, and during the Quit India movement.
  • His biggest contribution to India was his role in the integration of the over 500 princely states with India during 1947-49.
  • He is known as the Iron Man of India or Bismarck of India.
  • He is also remembered as the Patron Saint of India’s civil servants for establishing modern all-India services.

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