SADBHAVANA DIWAS 2022: The birthday of the sixth Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, is celebrated in the country on August 20 every year as Sandbhavana Diwas or Harmony Day. It is dedicated to the cause of encouraging peace, national integration and common harmony among all religions in the country. On Harmony Day, various cultural events and competitions are held in different states. People take a pledge to work towards establishing peace and harmony in the country.
“I take this solemn pledge that I will work for the emotional unity and harmony of all people in India regardless of caste, region, religion or language. I further pledge that I will resolve all disputes between us through dialogue and constitutional means without resorting to violence.”
Sadbhavana Diwas: History
The day was first observed in 1992, more than a year after Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award
In tribute to Raji Gandhi’s contribution to promoting community harmony, national integration and peace, the All India Congress Committee established the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in 1992. This award is presented to people who have done exemplary work in bringing peace to society. The inaugural award was presented in 1995 to the founder of SOS Children’s Village of India, Jagan Nath Kaul.
Born to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Feroze Gandhi on August 20, 1944, Rajiv was the youngest Prime Minister in the country’s history. He took on the role of prime minister after Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. During his tenure, Rajiv Gandhi brought about several significant changes, including the expansion of information technology in the country.
He also launched a national education policy in 1986 with the aim of reforming and improving higher education institutions across India. In the same year, he established the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System, a centralized government school, to improve the rural segment of society by providing free education from sixth to twelfth grade.
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