The Sadbhavana (means having good feelings for others) Diwas or Harmony Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the earlier Prime Minister of India named Rajiv Gandhi. Having good feelings for others was the only the mission of the government of Rajiv Gandhi. It is celebrated every year on 20th August by the Congress by cutting a cake in order to encourage the national integration, peace, national integrity, love, affection and communal harmony among the Indian people of all religions. In the year 2008, it was celebrated at 20th of August by arranging a rally of COBS Unit’s NSS volunteers in the university campus.
Sadbhavana Diwas Pledge:
“I take this solemn pledge that I will work for the emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion or language. I further pledge that I shall resolve all differences among us through dialogue and constitutional means without resorting to violence.”
At this day, a variety of cultural festivals and competitions are held in various states of the country. People celebrate this day by conserving the greenery, preserving the natural beauty, planting the tree, protecting the environment as well as conserving the natural resources. This day is celebrated very happily in order to make aware the people about the necessary environment topics.
Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated by the Congress party, political leaders, friends, close associates and family members in India by decorating the statue of Rajiv Gandhi through garlands and flowers. People pay respect and honor to the memorial Veer Bhumi of the Rajiv Gandhi. They provide tribute to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi by offering wreaths at the Veer Bhumi (the place of cremation). This day is celebrated to fulfill his passion of national progress. At his 69th birth anniversary, a Sadbhavana Cycle Rally was organized in Bhubaneshwar under the leadership of Loknath Maharathi which was started from Congress Bhawan in Master Canteen square (covering areas of Vanivihar, Rasulgarh and Kalpana Chhack) to the Mausima Temple in Old Town. Students rallies are also organized at many schools at this occasion in India.
Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated every year in the memory of Rajiv Gandhi who dreamed to make India a developed country. His vision of making India a developed country is clearly seen by the number of economic and social works for the country. His enthusiastic and inspiring words quoted for the country development during his speech are still remembered at his birth anniversary. His quotations are very inspiring which inspire the youths of the country to lead India. One of his quotations is as follows:
“India is an old country, but a young nation; and like the young everywhere, we are impatient. I am young and I too have a dream. I dream of an India, strong, independent, self-reliant and in the forefront of the front ranks of the nations of the world in the service of mankind.”