Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

City pays tributes to Patel

City pays tributes to Patel

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.

The event witnessed several union ministers, senior officials and others also.

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

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das took part in the run in Ranchi on National Unity Day and said that Patels will-power and vision had resulted in approximately 550 self- governing princely states merging with the country.

He was speaking at a function to mark the birth anniversary of Patel and the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.

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"In 1950, Sardar Patel had predicted what would happen in 1965 (India-Pakistan war).the war that happened with China, even the Dokalam issue, which has come up in the recent times", he added.

Paying rich tributes to Sardar Patel, Modi said: "The British government wished that India was disintegrated into smaller states". The nation is on Tuesday observing Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) on birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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.

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. Guest speaker Rajiv Lochan, professor in department of history said, "Sardar Patel's contribution is unparalleled as he was the one who fought the slavery ingrained by Britishers".

"It is the responsibility of 125 crore Indians to preserve the unity and integrity of the nation given to us by Sardar Patel".

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