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Central Vigilance Committee addressing a press conference, 2017

Every year, Vigilance Awareness Week is celebrated in India to mark the birthday of Sardar Patel which falls on October 31st. This year, it is observed from October 26 to November 1. The theme of this year's celebration is 'Independent India @75: Self Reliance with Integrity.' The idea behind this observance is to educate the public and create awareness around anti-corruption ideals.

India ranks high in corruption, and it is only increasing each year as people discover newer ways to defy the law. The occasion of Sardar Patel's birth anniversary serves as a reminder to restore the ideals that our country was founded upon and to reinstate the idea of integrity in the ethic of those who are its citizens.

This year, India celebrated its 75th year of Independence, which add the onus on the citizens to develop what has grown so far into something greater. President Ram Nath Kovind presenting Vigilance Excellence Awards in 2018 Image credit: Wikimedia commons

Across the country, Vigilance Awareness Week is marked with social activities, intellectual debates, quizzes, and speeches around how democracy can improve as a tool of empowerment. Propagating the idea of integrity, obedience to the law, and mutual respect for the reigning principles of the constitution, the Central Vigilance Committee, decided to set this initiative up in 2000.

This year, India celebrated its 75th year of Independence, which add the onus on the citizens to develop what has grown so far into something greater. Owing to the past two years of the pandemic and multiple stages of lockdown, Vigilance Awareness week could not be celebrated with the same fervour. Nonetheless, it is an opportunity to build on the recently acquired principle of self-reliance. As the week comes to a close, at the threshold of a new month and the festive season, the endeavour of choosing to be self-reliant and honourable adds to the joyous atmosphere the entire country eagerly awaits.

Keywords: Vigilance Awareness Week, Sardar Patel, India, Anti-corruption, Democracy



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