Odisha Pays Tribute To 'Iron Man' Sardar Patel On 142th Birth Anniversary

PM Modi delivers a speech on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Run For Unity last year

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a 1.5-kilometre run to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founders of the Republic of India. It may be noted that Sardar Patel's birthday is being celebrated as National Unity Day in the entire state.

Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said appealed to the people of the country to resolve for Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

The "Run for Unity" which started from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, witnessed the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.

It is the result of the efforts made by Sardar Patel for the integration of India soon after independence that today every part of the country is celebrating.

"It is the responsibility of 125 crore Indians to preserve the unity and integrity of the nation given to us by Sardar Patel". Therefore it is important in a country like India to keep reiterating its mantra of unity and to constantly look for ways to strengthen the tradition of unity in diversity. Several Run for Unity events were organised across India to mark the occasion.

Shri Singh too administered oath-taking ceremony to maintain the unity, integrity, and security of the nation at a function organized in Krishi Bhawan. "Vallabhbhai Patel united the country, he didn't interfere with or was not allowed to interfere with only one state and that was Jammu and Kashmir", the Tripura governor said, adding that the state's condition has been noticed by everyone since last 70 years.

Mr Parrikar revealed that Sardar Patel had cautioned Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, about the Doklam issue in a three-page letter addressed to him.

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