National Unity Day of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is commemorated on 31st October. It marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
This year marks the 146th Anniversary of the Iron Man. The aim behind celebrating the day is to preserve the nation’s unity and spread some awareness about his contribution to Indian History.
History Of The Day
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was started in 2014 in memory of the first Deputy PM of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He played an important role in India’s freedom movement and in establishing India by combining 560 princely states.
Apart from this, the Government of India had a large statue of the scion constructed near the Narmada River.
Significance Of National Unity Day
In an official statement, the home ministry mentioned the reason to celebrate this Unity Day as, “The day 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.”
Why Should You Love This Day
It Reminds Us About Patel’s
Sardar Patel was a true visionary and was credited for India’s unification after Independence. India is united because of his vision.
This even though the Britishers wanted India to collapse after attaining independence. He was a sincere and dedicated leader and thus an inspiration for all.
It Is All About Unifying The People Of India
Rashtriya Ekta Divas or Unity Day aims at uniting the people of India. But, Sardar Patel’s desire to remove the differences between human beings was also inspirational.
One of his famous quotes talks about this. He said, “We have to shed mutual bickering, shed the difference of being high or low, and develop the sense of equality and banish untouchability.”
Get Inspired By Patel’s Vision Of Non-Violence
Just like other leaders who focused on using non-violence to defeat the plans of their suppressors, Sardar Patel also wanted to practice the same during the Independence struggle and after it.
He thought that ‘non-violence has to be observed in thought, word, and deed’ and ‘measure of non-violence is a measure of success.’ That is really a leader which any person could try to emulate.
National Unity Day: Powerful Quotes By Sardar Patel
1. Non-violence has to be observed in thought, word, and deed. The measure of our non-violence will be the measure of our success.
2. Manpower without unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.
3. The stiffer the opponent the more should our affection go out to him. That is the significance of Satyagraha.
4. Faith is of no evil in absence of strength. Faith and strength, both are essential to accomplish any great work.
5. Take to the path of dharma the path of truth and justice. Don’t misuse your valor. Remain united. March forward in all humility, but fully awake to the situation you face, demanding your rights and firmness.
6. Religion is a matter between the man and his Maker.
7. Manpower without Unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.
8. Every citizen of India must remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in this country but with certain duties.
9. Ours is a non-violent war, It is Dharma YUDDHA.
10. Caste, community will rapidly disappear. We have to speedily forget all these things. Such boundaries hamper our growth.
11. Even if we lose the wealth of thousands, and our life is sacrificed, we should keep smiling and be cheerful keeping our faith in God and Truth.
12. My only desire is that India should be a good producer and no one should be hungry, shedding tears for food in the country.
13. Non-violence has to be observed in thought, word and deed. The measure of our non-violence will be the measure of our success.
14. The negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but if it has the wholehearted co-operation of all on board it can be safely brought to the part.
15. Work is undoubtedly worship but laughter is life. Anyone who takes life too seriously must prepare himself for a miserable existence. Anyone who greets joys and sorrows with equal facility can really get the best of life
16. Two ways of building character – cultivating the strength to challenge oppression, and tolerate the resultant hardships that give rise to courage and awareness.
17. There is something unique in this soil, which despite many obstacles has always remained the abode of great souls.
18. “Faith is of no avail in absence of strength. Faith and strength, both are essential to accomplish any great work.”
19. Manpower without unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.
20. A war based on Satyagraha is always of two kinds. One is the war we wage against injustice, and the other we fight our own weaknesses.