Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.


During the Rashtriya Ekta Divas address on 31st October 2015, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced that the Government of India proposes to launch a new initiative called ‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.

The programme aims to give a boost to the existing cultural connect between different parts of the country and enhance interaction between people living in different states.

The knowledge of the culture, traditions and practices of different states will lead to an enhanced understanding and bonding between each other thereby strengthening the unity and and integrity of India.

Conceptually, the idea is that each year one state should connect to any other state in India on a reciprocal basis. For example,  "Haryana as a state can decide to connect with Tamil Nadu for the year 2016 and the activities that Haryana state can undertake may include popularizing the rich heritage of Tamil Nadu in Haryana through song festivals, book festivals, literary events, food festivals, tours of people of Haryana to Tamil Nadu and vice versa. In the year 2017, Haryana would connect to any other state and in 2018 to another state and so on".

Such an initiative to connect people-to-people should be implemented with inputs from the citizens of India. With this view,  the government introduced the ‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ contest. Citizens were invited to submit their ideas and suggestions on how the programme should be structured so as to encapsulate its true spirit in all its various dimensions and capture the diversity that characterises India.






Monday, 29th Feb 2016, 12:53:44 PM

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