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National Unity Day 2022


On National Unity Day 2022, the Union Home Minister of India remembered Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 147th birth anniversary saying that the latter realised the dream of a strong and united India with his farsightedness.


GS I: History

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About National Unity Day
  2. About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

About National Unity Day
  • Every year on October 31st, National Unity Day is observed to honour Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthday. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is an alternative name for it.
  • The purpose of this day’s commemoration is to spread the message that society may be improved by sticking together.
  • In 2014, it was commemorated for the first time.
  • On this day, a number of activities are planned, including the nationwide marathon “Run for Unity,” which raises awareness of Sardar Patel’s contribution to national integrity and the National Unity Pledge, among other things.
  • In 2018, to commemorate Sardar Patel’s 143rd birthday, the Indian government inaugurated the “Statue of Unity” in Gujarat.
Statue of Unity
  • The Statue of Unity which is built in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is dedicated to the nation.
  • The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world at 182 metres.
  • It is located on the Sadhu Bet island on the Narmada river, which flows between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges.

About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel (31 October 1875 – 15 December 1950), popularly known as Sardar Patel, was an Indian politician.
  • He was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Independent India.
  • He played an important role in the integration of many Indian princely states to make an Indian federation.
  • He took charge of the task to forge a united India from over 560 semi-autonomous princely states and British-era colonial provinces.
  • Using frank diplomacy backed with the option (and the use) of military action, Patel’s leadership enabled the accession of almost every princely state.
  • Hence, he is recognized as the real unifier of India.
  • He is also remembered as the ‘Patron saint of India’s civil servants’ as he established the modern all-India services system. He is also hailed as the Iron Man of India.
  • Patel was in charge of the Provincial Constitution Committee and the Advisory Committee on Fundamental Rights, Minorities and Tribal and Excluded Areas, in the Constituent Assembly of India.
  • Since 2014, every year on 31 October ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ or the National Unity Day is observed to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – an Indian politician who played a pivotal role in India’s freedom struggle and then during the integration of the country.
  • He was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1991.

-Source: Indian Express, PIB

December 2023