SADBHAVANA DIWAS 2019
Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 20 August every year. In 2019, 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi will be celebrated. Let us find more about Sadbhavana Diwas. On this day close family members, senior Congress party members pay homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by laying down garlands on Veer Bhoomi, where he was cremated. This day is observed to encourage the national integration, peace, affection and communal harmony among the Indian people of all religions. 'Sadbhavana' in English language means goodwill and bonafide. Being as the youngest Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi's thought process was modern and different from others. He had the vision of a developed nation via many national as well as international projects that he pioneered. The main theme of Sadbhavana Diwas is to promote national integration and communal harmony among people of all religion and languages. He was the youngest Prime Minister of the country. He became Prime Minister at the age of 40. India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was his grandfather. Indira Gandhi was his mother who was the Prime Minister of India. After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister. He had served from 1984-89. He contributed greatly to the development of the country. He announced a National Policy on Education in 1986 to modernise and expand higher education programs across India. He founded a central government based institution namely Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System in 1986 for the upliftment of the rural section of the society providing them free residential education from 6th till 12 class. Due to his efforts MTNL established in 1986 and also created public call offices (PCOs) for spreading telephones in rural areas.Sadbhavana Diwas. Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated in the memory of Rajiv Gandhi every year who dreamed to make India a developed country. His several economic and social works clearly shows his dream. In 1992, Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana award was instituted by All India Congress Committee of the Indian National Congress in memory of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Every year this award is given to those who have devoted their life in understanding and promoting social harmony. This award constitutes a citation and cash Prize of Rs 10 Lakh. Recipients of Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award are: Jagan Nath Kaul, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Kapila Vatsyanan, S.N.Subba Rao, Swami Agnivesh, Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, N Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, Wahiduddin Khan, SPIC MACAY, D.R Mehta, Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali, Shubha Mudgal, Mohammad Azharuddin, M.Gopala Krishna, Gopalkrishna Gandhi.