Dimapur, November 1: Tetso College celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) joining the rest of the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31 with Brig. (Dr) Jeewan Rajpurohit as guest speaker.
In his brief address, Brig. (Dr) Jeewan Rajpurohit, PhD, AMT stated that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a prominent role in the country’s struggle for Independence and guided its integration into a united and independent India. He spoke about the rich tradition of India of which unity has been the spirit. He also called upon the virtual gathering to renew oaths to uphold the integrity and security of the nation.
While delivering a message of unity and oneness, Brig. (Dr) Rajpurohit shared his personal experiences with Northeast and Nagaland. He expressed his love for Nagaland and respect for Naga culture by using Nagamese words in his speech.
Starting his welcome speech in Nagamese, Dr Aniruddha Babar spoke about spirit of unity and oneness. He gave insight into the official statement for Rashtriya Ekta Diwas issued by Home Ministry of India which cites that the National Unity 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”.
Speaking on the topic ‘why national unity day,’ HoD of Political Science Dr Rimmei Longmei, Tetso College, explored the questions surrounding the meaning of national unity and the process of national integration launched by the Government of India soon after independence.
The event was also marked by short patriotic essays presentation by the winners of the Short Patriotic Essays Writing Competition organized under the aegis of Dr Rimmei Longmei on National Unity Day. Kezhavikho Lhoushe (1st), Mosa S Sangtam (2nd), and Abeni Yanthan (3rd) gave presentation on their patriotic essays. Keneisedeu Mezhu and Keren Kent bagged consolation prizes.
Commemoration of National Unity Day ended with the ‘Unity Pledge’.
Unity College: Along with the rest of the country, the IQAC, Unity College celebrated National Unity Day on October 31 online.
Chairing the programme, Vandana Ladha, Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, gave a brief background by stating that National Unity Day, Rashitriya Ekta Diwas is celebrated on October 31 since 2014 to mark the birth anniversary of Iron Man of India – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Dr Lichumo Enie, Principal gave tribute and respect to Sardar Vallabhbhai, the India’s first home minister. He mentioned the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who led the task of integrating princely states into union of India after Independence in 1947, the invaluable contribution in building a modern and unified India. He further reminded the participants to take a pledge to give first priority to National unity and integration, which is the bond and togetherness between people regardless of their caste, creed, religion or gender, and to let unity and harmony be known to the world.
A short speech on national diversity was delivered by Kewithunbo Nchang, magazine and information secretary, UCSU (BA 3rd Semester D). Jyoti Dimasa, MCom 3rd Semester recited a poem on national integration. The program ended with a pledged led by Dr Adani Ngullie, Coordinator, IQAC, Unity College. Teaching faculty, non-teaching staffs and students attended the online programme.
(Page News Service)