New Delhi: National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is celebrated today, i.e. October 31 since 2014, in regard to the birth anniversary of the 'Iron Man of India', Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a firm member of the Indian National Congress, fought against the British Empire in India. He has served as the Deputy Prime Minister and also Union home minister of independent India. He is also the one who played a pivotal role in unifying India. 

To respect his unimaginable efforts, the Government of India introduced National Unity Day on his birth anniversary. In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the tallest statue in the world - Statue of Unity of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which is about 182 cm tall, stating that it is the symbol of integrity and resolve. 

This year no gatherings will be seen due to the pandemic situation. Thus webinars and virtuals events like Oath taking ceremony, essay- slogan writing, poster making competitions, debate are held.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi inaugurated various projects, including a seaplane service connecting the 'Statue of Unity' with the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad.