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Birth Anniversary Of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Birth Anniversary Of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel:

On National Unity Day 2022, the Union Home Minister of India remembered Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 147th birth anniversary saying that the latter realised the dream of a strong and united India with his farsightedness.

  • 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.
  • The reason behind the celebration of this day is to make people aware of the ideas of staying together and uplifting society.
  • It was celebrated for the first time in 2014.
  • Several events are organised 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 to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel:

  • He was born on 31st October 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat.
  • Sardar Patel was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India.
  • 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).
  • This ideology is still reflected in the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative which seeks to make India Self-Reliant.
  • He is also remembered as the ‘Patron saint of India’s civil servants’ as he established the modern all-India services system.