PM Narendra Modi’s vision of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” led to the decision of celebrating October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas every year. Patel’s birth anniversary has been celebrated with great fervour across the country since 2014.
In the last eight years, it has gained wide acceptance and the day has now become established on par with other important national celebrations such as Independence Day and Republic Day. Such has been the scale of its impact that the tradition of celebration of the day by the PM has become cast in stone — one which all future Prime Ministers would not want to miss out on.
Official celebration in Statue of Unity
The official celebrations in which the PM participates take place at the Statue of Unity, which was dedicated to the nation by the PM in 2018 on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. So closely integrated have the location and the celebration of the day become that this association has developed as much recall value as Kartavya Path for Republic Day and Red Fort for Independence Day. This year, too, PM will participate in the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas celebrations that will take place at the Statue of Unity.
The celebration will witness Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade, which will include contingents of BSF and of five State Police Forces, one from each zone. A special attraction of the programme will be a performance by Tribal children’s music band from Ambaji. The members of the Band once used to beg at Ambaji temple. PM had earlier also encouraged these children when they had performed in front of him during his visit to Ambaji last month.
On this day, ‘Run for Unity’ conceptualised by PM Modi is also organised across the country.