Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off ‘Run for Unity’ after paying tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Delhi on the occasion of his birth anniversary, which is being commemorated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
Speaking at the event, PM Narendra Modi said, “Today is the inspiring day when we remember Sardar Patel. He joined Mahatma Gandhi and integrated the farmers in the freedom struggle. British wanted that after division, India should be broken into several pieces. But Sardar Patel with his diplomacy unified our nation. Theirs was a unique partnership that bolstered fight for independence”
Prime Minister Modi also drew parallels between Patel and Chanakya. He said, “Centuries ago, Chanakya was known to have united various kingdoms. After Chanakya, it was Sardar Patel.”
Highlighting the role that history plays in any nation, he said, “A country that forgets its history, can’t ever make history. We should not ever forget that we should not drag our legacy into ideology.”
He also reminded the countrymen about India’s legacy of Unity in Diversity and asked people to rise above differences.
“Our culture and legacy is of ‘Unity in Diversity’. Let us rise over differences of creed, community and language,” he said.The ‘Run for Unity’ from Vijay Chowk to India Gate on Rajpath was flagged off at 8.15 am.The government had announced that it would observe the birth anniversary of Patel on October 31 every year as National Unity Day as a tribute to his efforts to unite India.