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‘Run for unity’: PM Modi urges people to rise over differences of creed, community

Source: News Bharati English31 Oct 2014 09:31:04

New Delhi, October 31: The run for unity seems to have a strong impact on the nation.Thousands of people gathered at Vijay Chowk on Friday to mark the start of the run and the new beginning of unison where Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. PM Modi flagged off the 'Run for Unity' in New Delhi on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which is being commemorated as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas'.

PM Modi said, “I bow to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary”. “Sardar Patel's life is a journey of deep-rooted courage, dedication and service to the Motherland. He is truly the architect of Modern India," the Prime Minister added. A 'Run for Unity' and pledge marked India's first home minister’s 139 birth anniversary.

The leaders offered rose petals in front of a huge portrait of Sardar Patel at Patel Chowk near Parliament House.

While addressing the assembled people at the Vijay Chowk, PM Modi said, “Mahatma Gandhi seemed incomplete without Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as he played an integral role in the freedom struggle launched by the father of the nation”. Modi 

He said that it was a unique partnership that strengthened the struggle for independence.

"Sardar Patel joined Mahatma Gandhi in the integration of farmers in the freedom struggle. He (Patel) played an integral role in the Dandi yatra," PM Modi said while addressing the nation on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel being observed as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas'.

Country must not divide history

In his speech he said that people should rise over differences of creed, community, language. Making a statement he said, "Our culture and legacy is of unity in diversity. Let us rise over differences of creed, community, language.” Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is being celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

He added: "Unity in diversity is the uniqueness of our country...so the country should move forward with this feeling of unity."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country "should not divide history and legacy according to our ideologies". The country which forgets history can never create history, so for a country filled with aspirations, a country whose youth has dream, we should not forget our personalities of history country should not divide history and legacy according to our ideologies," Modi said as he addressed the gathering on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas-- commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
"Today is the inspiring day when we remember Sardar Patel," he added.

With reference to riots which took place after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, Modi said, “Patel never deviated from his vision of national unity despite facing obstacles in his political life. It is a misfortune of this country that 30 years ago on the birth anniversary of such a leader an incident which shook the unity of nation took place.” “Hamare apne logon ko maut ke ghaat utar diya gaya (our own people were killed on that day).

That incident was not a wound on the hearts of people of a particular religion it was a dagger into the heart of thousands of years of country’s heritage and culture,” he said. He also noted that it was also the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Remembering the contribution of Patel in the Independence movement, Modi said Mahatma Gandhi had entrusted him with planning of historical Dandi march which he successfully did. “When we see Ramakrishna Paramhans he appears to be incomplete without Swami Vivekananda. Similarly when we see Mahatma Gandhi, he also appears incomplete without Sardar Patel,” he said.

He also said that Sardar Patel’s life was a journey of “service to the motherland” and he was “truly the architect of modern India”. “Sardar Patel’s life is a journey of deep-rooted courage, dedication & service to the Motherland. He is truly the architect of Modern India,” Modi tweeted on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary.

The PM also administered a unity pledge and praised Patel, saying "He is the true architect of Modern India." Here is the pledge:

"I solemnly pledge that I dedicate myself to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation and also strive hard to spread this message among my fellow countrymen. I take this pledge in the spirit of unification of my country which was made possible by the vision and action of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. I also solemnly resolve to make my own contribution to ensure internal security of my country."

Modi was accompanied by Defense and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and others.