National Unity Day: Celebrating the Legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Today, India comes together in a grand celebration of National Unity Day, a day dedicated to honouring one of our nation’s most illustrious leaders, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Affectionately known as the “Iron Man of India,” Sardar Patel’s remarkable contributions in uniting the country earned him this well-deserved moniker.
In 2014, October 31 was officially designated as National Unity Day, or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, as a testament to Patel’s legacy. This day holds a special place in our hearts, as it serves as a powerful reminder of our nation’s strength and resilience in the face of challenges that threaten our unity, integrity, and security.
The Historical Background
The decision to observe Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary as National Unity Day was made in 2014. It was a visionary move by the Government of India, aimed at reaffirming our country’s intrinsic strength and ability to withstand the actual and potential threats to our unity and security.
The Home Ministry aptly expressed, “This day will be marked as a reminder of the strength of our nation and will highlight the resilience of our country towards dangers posed against our security, unity, and integrity.”
The Symbol of Unity: Statue of Unity
A towering symbol of India’s unity, the “Statue of Unity,” stands majestically on the banks of the Narmada River in Vadodara, Gujarat. Unveiled in 2018, this colossal monument pays homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s vision and serves as a constant reminder of the power of unity.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was not just India’s first Home Minister; he was a luminary of the Indian freedom movement, fiercely resisting British colonial rule. His unwavering commitment to uniting the nation played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for a resilient India.
Patel envisioned a united and prosperous nation where all citizens could coexist in harmony. His legacy remains a source of inspiration, and National Unity Day is a poignant reminder of his dedication to the nation.
On this day, numerous events, webinars, and seminars are conducted across the country, providing platforms for discussions on unity, diversity, and the vision of a strong, united India that Patel passionately championed. These gatherings highlight the significance of Patel’s contributions in shaping our country’s future and fostering a spirit of togetherness among its people. National Unity Day continues to inspire the nation to stand united and uphold the values that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stood for.
Special Events This Year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid heartfelt tributes to Sardar Patel on this significant day, recognizing the indomitable spirit, visionary statesmanship, and extraordinary dedication that Patel brought to shaping the destiny of our nation.
As part of the festivities, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) organized the “Run for Unity” in Delhi, starting from Rajghat to Lal Quila. Around 600 citizens, including Divyangjans, participated in this run for national unity. The department, alongside its affiliated organizations, conducted various programs, including pledge-taking ceremonies and competitions like Rangoli, essay writing, and debates. These activities underscored the importance of unity and togetherness in India.
National Unity Day is a celebration of our collective strength, a day dedicated to remembering the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the “Iron Man” who played a crucial role in shaping the destiny of our great nation.