Dimapur, October 31: Nagaland, along with the rest of the country, observed Rahtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) on Thursday commemorating the birth anniversary of Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of the country after India’s independence.
A function was held at the Civil Secretariat under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha, IAS. He said Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel was regarded as one of the tallest personalities in the country and also the first architect of modern India.
Sinha said that Patel played a crucial role in pre-Independence as well as post-independent India, and was closely associated with freedom of the country.
His diplomacy and noble deeds in uniting and integrating various princely states under Indian dominion was notably great and his uncompromising approach to national integration earned him the sobriquet “Iron Man of India”, Abhijit Sinha added.
The Unity Day pledge was also administered by the chairman of the programme.
YRS: The Department of Youth Resources and Sports observed ‘National Unity Day’ (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) under the theme ‘Run for Unity’ on October 31.
The run for unity was flagged off by Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha in the presence of DC Kohima, Secretary YRS, Director YRS, officers and coaches. Hundreds of students from NSS and IG Sports Academy took part in the run. The event was flagged off at 6 am from PHQ junction and culminated at Kohima local ground.
Director YRS, Akumla Chuba expressed appreciation to the officers and coaches as well as the participants from the academy and various colleges for their active participation.
Kiphire: “Run for Unity” was held at Kiphire district on October 31, organized by the SP office Kiphire, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as part of the observance of “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” or “National Unity Day”. Students from various schools participated in the run.
In the run, the first position was bagged by Pisali from Trinity High School, second and third positions were secured by Likhumba of GHS Kiphire and Lumkhaba of Elbeth High School respectively.
DPRO Mon: Along with the rest of the country, a pledge taking ceremony on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day was observed at District Public Relations Office Mon on October 31. The pledge was administered by Information Assistant, Mon Hq., KK Chim.
Nagaland Police: Nagaland police observed “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” (National Unity Day) today at Conference Hall, PHQ with DGP Nagaland as chief host.
The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was introduced by the Government of India in 4 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31.
In his brief address, DGP T J Longkumer IPS 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 said it is in recognition of the historical contribution of Sardar Patel, the architect of national integration and the aspiration of the people to forge their dream together, the 31st day of October is observed as the “National Unity Day”.
For the first time, a Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade is being organized today at the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya, Gujarat where a contingent of 12 NAP (IR) Bn also participated in the parade.
The DGP also called upon the gathering to renew their oaths, to uphold the integrity and security of the nation and also led in administering the ‘pledge of unity’ to all the participants.
To mark the occasion, special events on the theme, “Run for Unity” were also organized simultaneously in the DEF units and battalions in Nagaland Police to commemorate the National Unity Day.
(Page News Service)