The birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is being observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) across the nation today. The main function was organized at Vijay Chowk in the national capital where Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Run for Unity. He also administered the Unity Pledge to thousands of people present there to participate in the run.
Prominent among those who joined the Prime Minister in the run were Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Leiutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Boxer Vijender Singh and cricketer Gautam Gambhir.
In his address, Prime Minister said that India and its citizens can never forget the contribution of Sardar Patel as he integrated the nation through his skill, vision and patriotism. He said, history and legacy of the country should not be divided on the basis of ideology. Stating that country’s culture and legacy is of Unity in Diversity, the Prime Minister asked the citizens to rise over differences of caste, creed, community and language and stand for unity of the country.
He said, Mahatma Gandhi appears incomplete without Sardar Patel as he played an integral role in the freedom struggle. Mr Modi said, the country which forgets history can never create history. In his speech, he also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary today.