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The world’s largest ever run, the run for unity, inaugurates the statue of unity movement on the punyatithi of Sardar Patel

15th Dec, 2013: The day that marks the 63rd Punyatithi (death anniversary) of Sardar Patel, sees history unfold again through the “Run for Unity.” This unprecedented event will witness more than 30 lakh people participating in a run in over 1100 locations across India. The historic run will unite the country in paying a fitting tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India, who united 565 princely states to give India her present identity.

The Run for Unity will be the largest mass run/walk of its kind in the world. The previous world record was a participation of 1.2 lakh, however, the Run for Unity will beat this record more than twenty fold. Men and women, young and old, celebrities and civilians alike will wear a common unity scarf to mark their participation in this historic event. Participants will be free to run or walk over a 2km route.

The event will be flagged off from Vadodara by Shri Narendra Modi at 8:00 am. People all over the country will be able to witness this momentous inaugural event via live streaming on the Run for Unity website, http://www.runforunity.com. Similar runs will occur in hundreds of other locations across the length and breadth of the country, from Kargil to Kanyakumari, from Dwarka to Itanagar. The event was earlier planned for only 565 locations, symbolic of the 565 princely states that Sardar united. However, enthusiastic response from volunteers and participants boosted this number to over 1100 locations.

 

Several important leaders of the country will champion the event on the 15th of December in various locations across India. To highlight a few – Shri. Lal Krishna Advani will lead the event in Gujarat, Shri. Rajnath Singh in Uttarakhand, Shri. Sushma Swaraj in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Shri. Arun Jaitley in Delhi, Shri. Venkaiah Naidu in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Shri. Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Conceptualized by the Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), the National Movement Partner of Statue of Unity, and organized along with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), the run is supported by a host of Gujarat Government officials, civil society organizations and faith based organizations all over India.

The Run for Unity will be the curtain raiser to the Statue of Unity Movement, the largest country-wide drive to honour the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The movement aims to revive and reinforce Sardar Patel’s values of unity, good governance and grassroot development. Promoting the concept of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat,’ the Statue of Unity movement encompasses the following activities:

  • Run for Unity (RFU): A 2km run/walk in more than 1100 locations in the country on 15th December
  • Write for Unity (WFU): A slogan/Essay competition on Sardar Patel and his ideals of unity and good governance in 1.67 Lakh secondary and senior secondary school across the country in the months of December and January
  • Photo Collage: A photo collage of elected representatives at grassroots level from over 2.5 Lakh governing bodies (Gram Panchayats and Wards). This will be showcased in a museum inside the statue complex
  • Locality Meeting: 1.)Collection of about 700 tons of used farm iron tools from over 5 lakh villages, 2.) Collection of soil samples from all villages panchayats and 3.) Getting signatures of more than 2 crore people on the ‘Suraaj Petition’ (good governance petition) in support of a better India

 

The Statue of Unity is an initiative of the Government of Gujarat designed to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by erecting the world’s tallest statue (182 m) in his honour. Executed under the aegis of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), the Statue of Unity will not only be an architectural marvel, but a monument of national significance. It will be a proud symbol of the unity of India to the entire world for generations to come.

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  • Lambodar Panigrahi December 14, 2013 You Speech is Very Nice Narendramodi ji,Aap PM banke Deshko durniti se badla do
  • Mahadevappa Badiger December 14, 2013 The Statue of unity is the symbol of unity of India.
    Saradar vallabai patel is the iron man of India.Thi is the ever forgotten work of Sri Narendra modi.I heartly congratulates

    By MAHADEVAPPA
  • Kvln Murthy December 13, 2013 Sardar patel would not be happy dividing Andhra Pradesh
  • Priyaranjan Kumar December 13, 2013 The Statue of Unity is an initiative of the Government of Gujarat.
    Thank u modi ji
  • Vinay Patle December 13, 2013 ।। अखण्‍ड भारत के निर्माता-”लौह पुरूष” श्री सरदार वल्‍लभ भाई पटेल जी को सच्‍ची श्रद्धांजली अर्पित करने का सबसे सशक्‍त और सबसे उचित निर्णय।।
  • Mahesh Naidu Bathineni December 13, 2013 Jai Modi,,, Jai Sardar
  • kkumarp December 13, 2013 JAI BHARATH,
    JAI NARENDRA MODI.

    Sir, Make it a reality “UNITY IN DIVERSITY”

    Our Compassion,Brotherhood & Hospitality invited all the religions into our HOLY-Land BHARATH, we are all one, the children of Bharath-Matha. Let us unite to make our Mother-land Glorious..
    Jai Bharath
    Jai Narendra Modi.
  • Sridhar Reddy December 12, 2013 Modijij we thank you for the work done in Gujarat, at least some of our brothers and sisters are doing good in this country. In turn Gujaratis followed their trusted leader and has given Modi to this Country.
  • Sridhar Reddy December 12, 2013 Excelent Modiji, what is missing in this country is Unity / Faith and Trust. We dont need finance to be infused in this country. We have trust deficit and a visionary leader to lead this Country. INDIA FIRST is need of hour in our hearts.

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