Sadbhavana Diwas (Harmony Day) is celebrated on 20th August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the 7th youngest Prime Minister of India. It is celebrated every year in order to encourage national integration, peace, national integrity, love, affection, and communal harmony among the Indian people of all religions.
Rajiv Gandhi wanted India to become a developed country. Being the youngest Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi’s thought process was modern and different from others. He had the vision of a developed nation via many national as well as international projects that he pioneered especially in IT, Telecom, and Education. His vision of making India a developed country was clearly understandable by looking at the number of economic and social works done for the country.
Rajiv Gandhi Quoted
“India is an old country, but a young nation; and like the young everywhere, we are impatient. I am young and I too have a dream. I dream of an India, strong, independent, self-reliant, and in the forefront of the front ranks of the nations of the world in the service of mankind.”
Important work done by Rajiv Gandhi in the development of India.
- Telecom revolution
- Lowering the voting age from 21 to 18
- Lais foundation of Panchayat Raj
- Modernized education
The theme of Sadbhavana Diwas is to promote national integration and communal harmony among people of all religions and languages. The main idea behind the observance of Sadbhavana Diwas is to eschew violence and promote goodwill among the people.
Sadbhavana Diwas Celebration
On the day of Sadbhavna Diwas, programs are organized in different parts of the country. On this day everyone is taught the lesson of Go Green, who plants more trees on this day, more attention is given to the greenery theme in the program. Speeches are given on keeping nature clean and removing pollution. Drama, painting, debate, and singing competitions are held on this subject by the children.
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Sadbhavana Diwas Pledge
On the occasion of Sadbhavana Diwas, all the countrymen take a pledge. This pledge is taken in the function of the Congress party. The pledge states that every citizen of India, irrespective of caste, religion, region, and language will keep humanity above all and will love each other.
Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award
Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is an Indian award given for outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, national integration, and peace. The award was instituted by the All India Congress Committee of the Indian National Congress Party (INC), in 1992 to commemorate the lasting contribution made by the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who carries a citation and a cash award of Rs. ten lakhs. It is given on 20 August, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.
Since then, every year on the occasion of Sadbhavna Day, the function of the Sadbhavna Award is held. These people have now got this award –
1. Mother Teresa
2. Sunil Dutt
3. Lata Mangeshkar
4. Ustad Bismillah Khan
5. KR Narayan
6. Jagan Nath Call
7. Dilip Kumar
8. Maulana Wahidduni Khan
9. Kapila Vatsyanan
10. Mohammed Yunus
11. Hiteshwar Saikia and Subhadra Joshi (in joint form)
12. Nirmala Deshpande
13. Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander (in joint form)
14. SN Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh, and Madari Moideen (in joint form)
15. N Radhakrishnan
17. Hem Dutta
18. Muzaffar Ali (Indian Filmmaker)
19. Spic Macay
20. Gautam Bhai
21. Amjad Ali Khan
We encourage every citizen of India to promote and practice peace, national integrity, love, affection, and communal harmony among the Indian people of all religions. We wish you all the best.
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