Imphal: Manipur on Sunday observed National Unity Day 2021 (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) to commemorate the 146th Birth Anniversary of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India, at 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles parade ground.
Unity can be achieved through equality, mutual respect, understanding and development. The observance of National Unity Day gives a message to everyone that despite differences in cultures and traditions amongst various inhabitants of the country.
“We can build a strong nation defending our unity, integrity and security by following the path of our great leaders. Let us take pledge to protect the integrity and unity of our country,” he said.
He appealed to the government officials to attend such nationwide observation without fail.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the central government has been observing the National Unity Day throughout the country since 2014, he said.
As a tribute for his selfless sacrifice for a united India, the government has built the ‘Statue of Unity’, the world’s tallest statue, a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he added.
Biren recalled that Sardar Patel was one of the greatest freedom fighters who had participated in various freedom struggles against the oppressive rule of the British. As a national leader, he took part in many freedom struggle movements like Peasant Movement, Civil Disobedience Movement, Quit India Movement among others under the Gandhian Principle, he said.
Sardar Patel is still known as Patron Saint of India’s Civil Servant for introducing Modern All India Services System. Apart from this, the leader played a major role in unifying the then British Provinces and more than 500 Independent Princely States, under the Indian Independence Act, 1947, making the country a strong Nation and a United India, he added.
As a part of the observance, the chief minister led others, who took part in the observation, in administering the National Unity pledge.
The chief minister also took salute from nine marching contingents including BSF contingent, CRPF contingent, Combined Manipur Rifles Male Contingent, Manipur IRB Male Contingent, Civil Police Imphal West (male), Civil Police Imphal East (Male), 9th IRB Mahila Contingent, NCC contingents (Boys and Girls). The marching parade was commanded by Kh. Robinsun, deputy commandant, 8th IRB.
In the morning the chief minister flagged off a motorcycle rally at Hapta Kangjeinung as a part of the observance of National Unity Day 2021. The motorcycle rally was organised by Manipur Police Department.
ADGP Clay Khongsai, DIG Kamei Angam Romanus, SP (Kakching) Victoria Yengkhom led hundreds of riders in the rally which aims to spread the message of national unity. The rally will culminate at Mao gate. Around 700 riders belonging to different groups participated in the rally.
During the function, Biren distributed certificates for participation to different rider groups.
Minister for YAS Letpao Haokip, minister for education S. Rajen Singh, minister for TA&H Vungzagin Valte, minister for agriculture O. Lukhoi, minister for CAF&PD Th. Satyabrata, Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman L. Radhakishore, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Board chairman H. Dingo, MLA Y. Erabot, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, DGP L.M. Khaute and other top civil and police officials were present at the function.