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Celebration of National Unity Day to commemorate the 144th Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Posted on: October 31, 2019 | Back | Print

Embassy OF India
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Indian Diaspora in Muscat celebrates National Unity Day

A grand celebration was organized by Embassy of India to commemorate the 144th Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel on 25 October 2019. Sardar Patel was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India and is also known as the Ironman (Lohpurush) of India. The indomitable spirit and deft diplomacy by Sardar Patel ensured the integration of more than 500 princely states into an integrated India after its independence. The Government and people of India every year celebrate his birthday that falls on 31 October as ‘Unity Day’ to pay respect and commemorate Sardar Patel.     

The event started with paying of floral tributes to Sardar Patel by Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Munu Mahawar and other dignitaries. Ambassador delivered a short speech and talked about the life and contribution of Sardar Patel towards national Unity. Ambassador stated that India is a shining example of Unity in Diversity and quoted Sardar Patel and added, “Manpower without Unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power”.  

It was followed by a short cultural program including a patriotic song and classical dance. Mr. S I Shareef, Principal, Indian School Muladha and Anirudh  Govil, Class 12th student of Indian School Al Ghubra also delivered speeches on Sardar Patel and highlighted his contribution in shaping modern India. Quiz competitions were  organized in various Indian Schools across Oman to celebrate Unity Day and all the winners of quiz competition were awarded by the Ambassador towards the end of program.

The event saw participation of more than 250 members of Indian community, who joined the Embassy in paying rich tributes to the great leader. All the officers and staff of Indian Embassy will also take a ‘Unity Pledge’ on 31st October to work towards preservation and strengthening of unity, integrity and security of India as a part of National Unity Day celebrations.

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30 October 2019