Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to mark Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary and remembered the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
“Tomorrow we are celebrating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary. He worked to bring everyone together, he worked for unity, fought for unity and brought unity amongst people and we all must remember it,” Modi said in his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat”.
Modi also said, “History remembers how Sikh people and ‘sardars’ all over the country faced violence and pain” after October 31 when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.
Remembering Sardar Patel’s contribution, Modi said: “He gave us a united India and to keep it united is our responsibility.”
“Sardar Patel has a rich contribution in strengthening the cooperative movement in India. He was always dedicated to farmer welfare,” Modi added.