Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated on 20th August every year on the birth anniversary of our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi to highlight the importance and need for communal harmony. Every year people who have made outstanding contributions towards promotion of communal harmony are recognized and honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award. This award was instituted by the All India Congress Committee of the Indian National Congress Party in 1992 and carries a citation and cash award of Rs. 10 lakhs.
The recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Teesta Setalvad, Swami Agnivesh, former President K R Narayanan, Muzaffar Ali , Nirmala Deshpande and S N Subbarao.
In an age when the stability and balance of the nation seems to be in dire jeopardy, peace and communal harmony is the need of the hour. Divided we may be by caste, creed, culture and tongue, but united we are by the spirit of nationality and by virtue of being the children of the mother India. It is this thread that binds us together and inspires us to echo the age old “unity in diversity” sentiment which has been handed down to us through the generations.
It is indeed commendable that the contributions made to encourage communal harmony are duly appreciated and recognized. It is also worthwhile to remember the importance and necessity of cultural unity and communal harmony in this context. Let us endeavour to spread this message and try to inculcate in our children the values of national integrity and cultural unity.
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