India proud of its unity in diversity: Modi

PM Modi delivers a speech on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Run For Unity last year

District superintendent of police Sanjiv Patil, who flagged off the run said, "It is important to recall the achievements of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who contributed a lot for the freedom of the nation and unity of India".

Earlier, in the day, Patel's statue located at the Parliament street was visited by President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh who offered floral tributes.

Mr Modi said, India must remain united and it is the responsibility of the 125 crore people to ensure its unity and integrity. "But Sardar is Sardar, whether any government or any party recognises his contribution or not, the nation and the youth will not forget him", he said without naming any government or party.

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"India is a country full of diversity. In the letter, the subject was about our enemy or adversary along the northern border", Mr Parrikar said, adding that back "In 1950, Sardar Patel had predicted what would happen in 1965 (India-Pakistan war).the war that happened with China (1962), even the Doklam issue, which has come up in the recent times", Mr Parrikar said.

The Prime Minister also administered the unity pledge to thousands of children gathered at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium for the run.

All officers and employees enthusiastically participated in the run and spread the message of unity, integrity and internal security of the country. "And that is why we are observing Sardar saheb's birth anniversary today", Modi said.

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Mr Modi also appealed to the people to resolve to make New India when the country will celebrate its 75th anniversary of Independence in 2022.

Gymnast Deepa Karmakar said, to remember the contributions of Patel in unifying the country, the run is being organized and she is proud of it.

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