India is a unique nation, whose fabric has been woven by diverse linguistic, cultural and religious threads, held together into a composite national identity by a rich history of cultural evolution, coupled with a rousing freedom struggle that was built around the tenets of non-violence and justice.
The idea of a sustained and structured cultural connect between denizens of different regions was mooted by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas held on 31st October 2015, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Hon’ble Prime Minister propounded that cultural diversity is a joy that ought to be celebrated through mutual interaction & reciprocity between people of different States and UTs so that a common spirit of understanding resonates throughout the country.
All the States/UTs in India have been paired for an entire year. The paired States/UTs have prepared an activity calendar through mutual consultation, paving the way for a year-long process of mutual engagement. Such interaction between students-teachers of each pair of States/UTs at the cultural level, would generate the vibrancy of understanding & appreciation amongst the people and forge mutual bonding, thus securing an enriched value system of unity in the nation.
Guidelines for activities to be conducted under the “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” Programme in schools : View
Calendar and List of Activities for Schools under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat(EBSB) : View
For more details, click here: http://ekbharat.gov.in