Published on: November 1, 2021

RASHTRIYA EKTA DIWAS

RASHTRIYA EKTA DIWAS

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buy ssri dapoxetine Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day is celebrated on October 31, every year.

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Why – Mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Patel, acknowledging his efforts to unite the country

SARDAR PATEL

FIGURE OF NATIONAL UNITY

  • Sardar Patel’s foresight and tactful navigation of the most turbulent period in post-Independence, and the resolve he demonstrated in integrating the more than 500 princely States into the Dominion of India is an unparalleled accomplishment in modern history.
  • Hailing Patel’s feat, Lord Mountbatten declared the unification of India as the first great success of the new independent government.
  • Patel was a statesman with a strong sense of realpolitik, a realist to the core and an earthy politician whose sole aim was to build a strong and united India.
  • The princely rulers had the option at that time to either accede to India or Pakistan or remain independent.
  • Patel’s wisdom, foresight, patriotism, tact, persuasive powers and abiding commitment to fair play enabled him to untangle a highly complex political and social problem without triggering any kind of revolt or civil unrest.

STATUE OF UNITY

  • At 182 metre, the statue is 23 metre taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue and almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 metre tall) in US.
  • Located on the Sadhu Bet island, near Rajpipla on the Narmada river, the Statue of Unity is located between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges.
  • The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), a special purpose vehicle set up by Modi in 2011, arranged some 129 tonnes of iron implements from nearly 100 million farmers in 169,000 villages across all states to construct the base of the statue in the ‘Loha’ campaign.
  • The Statue of Unity was brought to fruition by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and intricate bronze cladding work was done by a Chinese foundry, the Jiangxi Toqine Company (JTQ).