Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the 'Run for Unity' in New Delhi on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which is being commemorated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. Modi said that the country 'can't forget the contributions of 'Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel towards the unity of our country.' Recalling Patel's political and social life , Modi said that Patel never promoted any family member in politics. Here are the top 10 highlights of his speech: 1. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Today is the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is an ennobling day. After Chanakya, it was Sardar Patel who strung India together. 2. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Sardar Patel joined Mahatma Gandhi and integrated the farmers in the freedom struggle. We cannot erase the history of our country. Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel's bond remained unbreakable. (The idea of)\u00a0Mahatma Gandhi seems incomplete without Sardar Patel. 3. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: I pledge to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India. If 125 crore Indians with the mantra of unity, peace and harmony walk one step together shoulder to shoulder, then the country will move 125 crore steps in one go. 4. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Our strength is a nation bound together by unity and which can sacrifice everything for unity and this is the message of Sardar sahab. 5. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Patel's life was dedicated to national unity.\u00a0 We have to move forward with the mantra of unity, peace and harmony irrespective of our language and attachment of our feelings and ideology to any inspiration or system from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Atak to Cuttuck, if our goal is to take Mother India to new heights in the world, then the first condition for that is unity, peace and harmony 6. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat (One India, Great India)' scheme will soon be launched under which one state will choose another state each year and then promote its language and culture. 7. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: As we are commemorating Vallabhbhai Patel, we also remember former PM Indira Gandhi this day. 8. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Through his skill, vision and Rashtra Bhakti, Sardar Patel integrated the nation. We can never forget his contribution. 10. PM\u00a0Narendra Modi: Let us rise above differences of caste, creed, community and language.