Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day is observed every year on 31st October to give honor to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (a freedom fighter and Azad India’s first deputy PM and home minister).
He was a pivotal person to unite India from the 565 semi-autonomous sovereign states and British-time colonial areas. For his works towards a united India, Sardar Patel’s birthday is presently observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
Indians celebrate the day with activities like runs for unity. On this day, locals are urged to learn the internal power and resilience of the country.
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel also known as ‘ Sardar Patel, Loh Purush, The Iron Man of India, or a founding father of the Republic of India’, was born on 31st October 1875.
After Freedom, Sardar Patel was among the most well-known Indian politicians when the British withdrew from the strongly broken nation. He played an essential role in uniting the independent areas into a united India just after the separation of Pakistan and India.
In 2014, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was launched by the Indian government. The home ministry of the nation gave the official announcement for National Unity Day.
It cites that the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas “will offer an opportunity to reaffirm the internal power and resilience of our country to face the actual and possible threats to the integrity, unity, and safety of our nation.”
To mark the birthday, the ‘Unifier of India‘ was admired with the world’s tallest statue, Statue of Unity (Sardar Patel’s Statue)! The figure is around 597 feet in height. PM of India Narendra Modi inaugurated the ceremony on 31st October 2018.
Today, National Unity Day is recognized as the unsung efforts of the ‘Iron Man,’ who formed the nation and the faith of Hindus and Muslims living on the same land together.
1. Run for unity
Since 2019, millions of people have run for unity in tribute to Iron Man and his spirit for a united India. If you can’t get it to a run in the town, gather family and friends to go for a run near your street.
Even if you’re living overseas, it’s the ideal time to unite people of various religions and run in unity.
2. Read up on the history of India.
India has a vibrant and exciting history which is essential to have at least some information about. India’s Freedom in 1947 was a necessary point in the world’s history, as the British were officially gone.
When the British left, India was divided into two independent nations – India and Pakistan, the period was both a happy and challenging situation for Indians, which made deep divides between families and humans.
3. Celebrate unity
If you’re Indian, invite family or friends over and observe all there is to love India. If you’re not Indian and have Indian buddies, maybe it is an excellent time to wish them great on the day and spread a note about the significance of patriotism and unity.
● A leader in India
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Deputy PM and Home Minister of the country.
● Gandhi inspiration
Sardar Patel was actually not interested in politics primarily, and it happened only after meeting Gandhiji in 1917 that he was inspired to leave his job and join the Freedom fight.
● Non-violent disobedience
The ‘Iron man’ supported Swaraj or self-rule and created peasants in Gujarat in a non-violent civil rebellion over the British.
● For the rights of minorities
Sardar Patel served essentially for the rights of minorities, women, caste discrimination, and untouchability.
● A love so deep
His wife, Jhaverba, died when Sardar Patel was just 33 years old, but he loved her so much that he never remarried.