Today (31st October 2019), the country celebrates the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also known as the Iron Man of India, as well recognized as the Loh Purush.
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875. He is also popularly known as Sardar Patel and was one of the most known Indian politicians after Independence. Under Jawaharlal Nehru’s term as Prime Minister, Sardar Patel served as the First Deputy Prime Minister of India.
Sardar Patel is most popularly recognized as a founding father of the Republic of India. This is because he played a substantial part in integrating the independent provinces into a unified India just after the divider. He too acted as Home Minister during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani war of 1947.
For his efforts towards a united India, Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is today noted as National Unity Day, which is likewise known as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. To celebrate the day, the ‘Unifier of India’ was honored with the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue in date. Dedicated to Sardar Patel, the statue is approximately 182 ms (597 ft.) In height.
A series of exceptional events have been coordinated across the country, according to the Home Ministry. In fact, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah has written to all the states and Union territories to celebrate Rashtriya Ekta Diwas with enthusiasm and fervor along the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. A parade at Kevadiya in Gujarat, which is the site of the Statue of Unity had been formed. Police powers of each State and Union Territory and Central Armed Forces had taken part in the Parade. All district administration had devised a ‘Run for Unity’ parade.
A pledge had been wanted to read out at the State and Central government offices.
The pledge was “I solemnly pledge that I dedicated myself to preserve the unity, integrity, and security of the nation and also strive hard to spread this message among my fellow countrymen. I take this pledge in the spirit of unification of my country which was made possible by the vision and actions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. I also solemnly resolve to make my own contribution to ensure the internal security of my country.”
And to add more enthusiasm to the celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Gujarat to pay tribute to Sardar Patel on his 144th birth anniversary.
He also took part in the parade, visited a technology demonstration site and interacted with civil service probationers at Kevadiya
This year, National Unity Day has a special meaning, as it commemorates the completion of the task, making Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh an integral part of India by abrogating Article 370. This really represents the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel of an integrated India.
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