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Prime Minister pays tribute to Sardar Patel on ‘National Unity Day’ at ‘Statue of Unity’

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid his tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 144th birth anniversary being celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) at the ‘Ekta Parade’ held near the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadia Colony near the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam on the River Narmada.

    This world’s tallest statue was unveiled Mr. Modi on Sardar Patel’s last birth anniversary.

    Speaking on the occasion, he described ‘Unity in Diversity’ as India’s strength, identity, entity, pride, glory and ultimate reality, as it has never created any conflict with the mainstream theme. He regretted that those who could not defeat us in war have been trying to break our unity. Accepting their challenge by 130-crore Indians collectively could be the true tribute to the Sardar Saheb.

    Mr. Modi recalled that Sardar Patel often used to say that unity is an adventure for which an attempt has to be made. His efforts have borne fruit. The people are realizing now their duty with their rights, rising up to the campaign for cleanliness and make India plastic-free, etc.

    He said the sheer size of the Statue of Unity, which has been built with soil, water and iron brought from all corners of the country. It reflects ‘Unity in Diversity’ and commands spontaneous respect for Sardar Patel. It is not just a statue but an edifice of unity. After Chanakya, it was Sardar Patel, who had helped India establish its identity and respectful place in the world and as an economic power now.

    Mr. Modi said that his government has realized the dream of Sardar Patel by abrogating Articles 370 and 35-A, the temporary walls, which had not only kept Jammu & Kashmir separate from India but also encouraged terrorists and separatist forces raise their heads. Over 40,000 people were victim to terrorists. India’s diversity in language, lingo, culture, food habits, tastes define ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’ (One Indian, Best India) will remain.

    He cited the examples of how Shankaracharya travelled from south India to Himalayas, Guru Gobind from Patna to Punjab to create Khalsa Panth for the security of the country, Vivekanand went from Bengal to Kanyakumari, Mohandas Karmachand Gandhi from Porbandar to Champaran to lead India’s struggle for Independence, APJ Abdul Kalam from Rameshwaram to India’s top post.

    The Prime Minister administered oath to the large gathering of people of across India to pledge for keeping the unity and security of India intact, sacrifice self and carry this message to every citizen of the country.

    Those present at the event included Gujarat’s Chief Secretary J.N. Singh, Director-General of Police Shivanand Jha, Sardar Sarovar Nigam Chairman K. Kailashnathan and MD  Rajiv Gupta, among others.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat