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

Modi Flags Off “Run For Unity” To Commemorate Sardar Patel Anniversary

The district administration and district police department organised "Run for Unity" to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Tuesday, October 31.

The Prime Minister said India's teaching of unity amid diversity is relevant in the global context especially at a time when the racial fights have become the order of the day in several countries.

A large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari participated in the Run.

The 1.5 km run in the national capital came to an end near the India Gate C-Hexagon-Shah Jahan Road radial. He remembered Sardar Patel.

Kirron Kher in her address said, "National Unity Day is an occasion to introspect and emulate Sardar Patel's legacy of long enduring struggle for bipartisanship".

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"What did Sardar Patel Ji do and who did he ban, these are issues that are in public domain".

Agriculture Minister said, on this occasion, let us make a pledge to once again dedicate ourselves to preserve the unity and integrity of the nation and make collective efforts to make our country stronger and vibrant. "His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten", Modi said while flagging off the run.

Paying rich tributes to Sardar Patel, Modi said: "The British government wished that India was disintegrated into smaller states".

Agriculture Minister said that Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is an opportunity to reaffirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the potential threats to the unity, integrity, and security of our country. Mr Modi also administered the "Unity Oath" to the gathering.

Admiring Sardar Patel for his foresight, Mr Parrikar said, "He was so accurate and ideal", in his predictions and understanding of the situation along India's borders.

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