National Unity Day 2023:- Why is Ekta Diwas celebrated on October 31? All you need to know

Every year National Unity Day is celebrated on October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Patel is known as the ‘Iron Man of India’. He played a significant role in persuading over 500 princely states to join the Union of India.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
The birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is celebrated as National Unity Day in India.

Every year National Unity Day is celebrated on October 31 on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This year, India will celebrate the 148th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. He was the first deputy prime minister and home minister of the Independent India.

In 2014, Indian Government had decided to celebrate October 31 as the National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. “This occasion 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,” Union Ministry of Home affairs said in a statement in 2014.

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a vital role in the independence movement of India and in persuading over 500 princely states to join the Union of India. He played significant role in the unification and integration of India.

Sardar Patel is known as the “Iron Man of India”. In 2018, Prime minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 182m statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This statue is known as the ‘Statue of Unity’. It is the biggest statue in the world which is situated on the banks of Narmada river in Kevadia, Gujarat.

On the occasion of National Unity Day, people of India remember the Sardar Patel’s sacrifices and contributions towards the unity, integrity and security of the nation. On many places in India, people organise events and programmes on this day.

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Government institutions, schools and colleges arrange a pledge taking ceremony to observe the National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.

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