Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) was introduced by the Government of India and inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. The intent is to pay tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in keeping India united. It is to be celebrated on 31 October every year as an annual commemoration of the birthday of the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding leaders of Republic of India.

National Unity Day celebrates the birthday of Patel because, during his term as Home Minister of India, he is credited for the integration of over 560 independent princely states into India from 1947-49 by Independence Act (1947). He is known as the “Bismarck of India”.

Honorary Consulate of India to Lithuania invited the Indian nationals, living in Lithuania, to commemorate the day at Sues Indian Raja Restaurant in Vilnius and in spite of the incessant rain and a short notice we were glad to see many students attending.
Being celebrated by the Indians abroad and in India is a befitting tribute to the memory of Late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,Independent India's First Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister whose 141st Birth Anniversary on 31 October, 2016, has been dedicated by the Nation as The National Integration Day to acknowledge the Sardar's Herculean task to have got integrated 565 Princely States into India at the time of the Partition of India who had been given a choice to Opt for India or Pakistan or remain independent.
A unified India of today with its rich diversity is a glorious example of the Sardar's abilities as the Administrator and a Statesman of the highest calibre.