Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Programme
About the Programme
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme aims to enhance interaction & promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs through the concept of state/UT pairing. The states carry out activities to promote a sustained and structured cultural connection in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports and sharing of best practices etc.
Background and Need
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 freedom struggle that was built around the tenets of non-violence and justice. The spirit of mutual understanding amidst a shared history has enabled a special unity in diversity, which stands out as a tall flame of nationhood that needs to be nourished and cherished into the future.
Time and technology have narrowed down distances in terms of connection and communication. In an era that facilitates mobility and outreach, it is important to establish cultural exchanges between people of different regions, as a means to further human bonding and a common approach to nation-building. Mutual understanding and trust are the foundations of India’s strength and all citizens should feel culturally integrated into all corners of India. Students from the north-east, for example, should not feel like ‘strangers in a strange land’ when they arrive in Delhi, or a person from Uttarakhand should not feel like an outsider in Kerala
Concept of EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
The idea of a sustained and structured cultural connection between people of different regions was mooted by Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi during the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas 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. Every State and UT in the country has been paired with another State/UT for a time period, during which they carry out a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, tourism etc. The pairing of the States/UTs is attached herewith. For example, Andhra Pradesh is paired with Punjab. During this period. Punjabis would attempt to learn key words in Telugu, a few Telugu books would be translated into Punjabi & vice-versa, Andhraites would hold food festivals offering Punjabis dishes, Punjabis would perform Andhra folk dances, while Andhraites would perform Bhangra at staged events etc. This pattern of cultural adoption of the partner State/UT would be followed by all states and UTs.
The programme is also being implemented by various Ministries/ Departments of Government of India viz Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways.
Pairing of States and UTs under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
- Gujarat : Chhattisgarh
- Tamil Nadu : Jammu-Kashmir-Ladakh
- Madhya Pradesh : Manipur – Nagaland
- Himanchal Pradesh : Kerela
- Maharashtra : Odisda
- Chandigarh and Puducherry : Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu
- Uttar Pradesh : Arunachal Pradesh – Meghalaya
- Punjab : Andhra Pradesh
- Goa : Jharkhand
- Bihar : Tripura-Mizoram
- Lakshadweep : Andaman-Nicobar
- Uttarakhand : karnataKa
- Haryana : Telangana
- Rajasthan : Assam
- Delhi : Sikkim
For more details please visit:- https://ekbharat.gov.in
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The states carry out activities to promote a sustained and structured cultural connect in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports and sharing of best practices etc.
How To Apply
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme aims to enhance interaction & promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs through the concept of state/UT pairing.