On Saturday, India observed ‘National Unity Day’ to commemorate the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with the President, the prime minister, and a host of other dignitaries recalling his ‘iron-willed leadership and patriotism’ and paying rich tributes to him.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Gujarat ahead of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31. On occasion, PM Modi launched the first seaplane service between Kevadiya and Ahmedabad and visited the Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Patel.

PM Modi was welcomed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Governor Acharya Devvrat on his arrival in Ahmedabad on the 30th morning. This is the PM’s first visit to his home state after the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Ekta Mall in Kevadiya. It is a “one-stop place to discover India’s diverse culture of handicrafts. The Prime Minister spent time at the stalls that displayed handicrafts & products from Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Northeast,” the PMO tweeted.  

Earlier, PM Modi inaugurated the Aarogya Van, which “focuses on India’s rich floral traditions, diverse plants as well as traditional methods of wellness and good health.”   

According to the prime minister’s website, Mr. Modi flagged off the Ekta Cruise Service to the Statue of Unity on 31st on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary. He also unveiled the Statue of Unity website in all UN official languages and the Kevadia App at the Unity Glow Garden.

PM Modi inaugurated various tourism projects near the Statue of Unity, a monument dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, to boost tourism in Gujarat. Today he also inaugurated the Sardar Patel Zoological Park, popularly known as Jungle Safari.

On Saturday, October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered the National Unity Day Pledge at Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas 2020.

“I solemnly pledge that I dedicate 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 the unification of my country, which was made possible by the vision and actions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. I also solemnly resolve to make my contribution to ensure the internal security of my country”.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas parade presented by various police contingents from all over the country.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Technology Demonstration Site in Kevadia. He visited the stalls by the police forces showcasing modern technologies on various themes ranging from aviation security, modernization of police forces etc.

On the occasion of National Unity Day (the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel), Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal flagged off 200-km long ‘Fit India Walkathon’ on October 31 at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Sardar Patel once said if we have power, then we have to use to achieve the goal. If this power stops you from attaining a goal, you have to leave this power, which leads you in the wrong direction immediately. He met all the states king and was impressed with his devotion to the nation and asked them to join the biggest democracy of the world. Some states have declined to be part of India so that Sardar has to use the power to make them surrender their states for India, like the example of Hyderabad Nizam. Sardar said to be part of India or get ready to fight against the world’s biggest army. Kashmir issue left behind only when Nehru did not listen to Sardar Patel, and we are still suffering the ugly policy of the first prime minister of India (Jawaharlal Nehru). He did not hesitate to use the policy of ‘Saam-Daam-Dand-Bhed’ (friendship, give-and-take, punishment, and divide-and-rule) to achieve the goal that helps build India.

In countries like India, which are full of diversities- religions, castes, languages, civilizations, and cultures, must maintain unity. To establish the unity of the nation, the Government of India proposed the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in 2014 since Sardar Patel is known for India’s integration.

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day is celebrated on October 31 every year since 2014 to mark Iron Man of India’s birth anniversary–Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This year marks the 144th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter and an ace politician. Sardar Patel played a significant role in India’s integration (Ek Bharat) from over 560 princely states. To acknowledge his uniting the nation, India celebrates National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on his birth anniversary.

The official statement for National Unity Day by the Home Ministry of India cites that the National Unity Day “will provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity, and security of our country.”

The theme for the 2016 celebrations was “Integration of India”.

In 2018 the holiday was celebrated in Gujarat with the Statue of Unity’s Statue, which honours and depicts Patel. It is the largest statue in existence.

On this day, people recall the great works of Sardar Patel and acknowledge them by celebrating Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. People gathered and celebrate the unity of the nation by delivering speeches, spread knowledge, etc. Different events, webinars, and seminars are organised in other parts of the country.