On Monday, October 31, India will observe National Unity Day, or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in India’s unification. Since October 31, 2014, the day has been observed. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India, will celebrate his 147th birthday this year.
Why do we celebrate National Unity Day?
The main objective of the celebration is to uplift the nation’s unity and spread awareness about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s contribution to Indian history. He played an important role in persuading many princely states to join the Union of India.
National Unity Day: History
The day was first celebrated in 2014. In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182m-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel called ‘Statue of Unity’, the tallest statue in the world. It is located on the banks of the Narmada river in Kevadia.
National Unity Day: Significance
The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas provides an opportunity to reaffirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation towards upholding the unity, integrity, and security of our country. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm across all public and private institutions, schools colleges, etc.
Who was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?
Patel played an important role in persuading many princely states to join the Union of India. After the independence, Patel became the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister. Born on 31 October 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat, Patel was posthumously awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’ in the year 1991.