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In honor of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birthday, October 31, the nation observes National Unity Day.

In honor of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birthday on October 31, the nation observes National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas).

Sardar Patel, a political and social figure who was a key player in India's struggle for independence, led the charge to unite the country into a strong one.

The day provides citizens with an opportunity to reaffirm their inherent resilience and strength toward the nation. The day also aims to provide insight into maintaining our nation's unity, integrity, and safety.

"The entire nation is drawing inspiration from Sardar Patel's resolute determination": PM Modi In honor of Patel's contribution, India constructed the "Statue of Unity," the world's tallest statue, near the Narmada River in Gujarat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to the statue in Gujarat today, continuing a tradition begun in 2018. PM Modi was in Kevadia, Gujarat, for the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade 2022.

A first throughout the entire existence of the Country, the BSF Mahila Praharis 'Nishan Toli' conveyed the Public Banner during this motorcade.

The Prime Minister went into detail in his speech about how Sardar Patel was so important in bringing India together as a single nation.

The significance of Ekta Diwas in 2022 was emphasized by the Prime Minister, who stated that "it is the year when we completed 75 years of our Independence and we are moving forward with new resolutions.

" The Prime Minister stated that family, society, and nation are all stages in which unity is essential. The unwavering determination of Sardar Patel inspires the nation as a whole. He went on to say that "every citizen is making a pledge for the unity of the country."

Take on Unity:

The statue was proposed by then-Gujarat Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2013. A society known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was established to carry out the work.

The Statue of Unity Movement was started in 2013 to get farms to donate their old agricultural equipment in order to get the iron needed for the monument.

On December 15, 2013, a marathon titled "Run for Unity" was held in Vadodara and Surat, Gujarat, to raise awareness of the cause.

75,000 unity runs were held across India this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of independence, with 100 runs held in each district. Additionally, a microsite was created where participants in the unity run were encouraged to upload selfies.

At a special event in Delhi's Patel Chowk, President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar, and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute.

Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel | 16 December 2021 Why in the News Recently, on the 71st anniversary of his death on December 15, the Prime Minister paid tribute to India's first home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Emerging Key Points:

31 October 1875 in the Gujarat city of Nadiad.

India's first home minister and vice president.

In order to establish a dominant India (Shresth Bharat), he frequently urged the Indian people to unite (Ek Bharat).

The Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, which aims to make India self-sufficient, still reflects this ideology.

Headed different Panels of the Constituent Gathering of India, specifically:

Fundamental Rights Advisory Committee

Committee on Excluded Areas, Tribes, and Minorities.

Common Constitution Council.


He worked widely against liquor utilization, unapproachability, standing separation and for ladies liberation in Gujarat and outside.

merged the farmer's cause with the national freedom movement in the Kheda Satyagraha of 1918 and the Bardoli

Satyagraha of 1928.

Vallabhbhai Patel was given the title "Sardar" by the women of Bardoli, which means "a chief or a leader."

Known as the "Patron Saint of India's Civil Servants" for establishing the current system of all-India services.

Princely States' Integration:

Sardar Patel, India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, was instrumental in incorporating approximately 565 princely states into the Indian Union.

A few princely states, including Travancore, Hyderabad, Junagadh, Bhopal, and Kashmir, were reluctant to join India.

Sardar Patel put in a lot of effort to reach an agreement with the princely states, but he did not hesitate to use Sama, Dama, Dand, and Bhed techniques whenever it was necessary.

He had annexed the princely states of Junagadh, ruled by the Nawab, and Hyderabad, ruled by the Nizam, by force, both of which had refused to join the Union of India.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel prevented the balkanization of India by joining the princely states and British Indian territory.

Known as the "Iron Man of India" for helping to unite and integrate Indian princely states into the Indian federation and persuading them to join the Indian Union.


Bombay on December 15, 1950.

Statue of Unity Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was honored by the construction of the Statue of Unity.

It was opened on October 31, 2018, to commemorate Sardar Patel's 143rd


The tallest statue in the world is the Statue of Unity. It is 23 meters taller than the Spring Temple Buddha statue in China and almost twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in the United States, which stands at 93 meters.

It was added to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) "Eight Wonders" in January 2020.

Source: PIB

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