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Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (Abhiyan)

Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat was announced in 2015. Through this innovative measure, the knowledge of the culture, traditions and practices of different States & UTs will lead to an enhanced understanding and bonding between the States, thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of India.

Objectives:  

  • To celebrate the Unity in Diversity of our Nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds between the people of our Country.
  • To promote the spirit of national integration through a deep and structured engagement between all Indian States and Union Territories through a year-long planned engagement between States.
  • To showcase the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity that is India, thus fostering a sense of common identity.
  • To long-term engagements. 
  • To create an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences.

Themes:  

  • To celebrate the idea of India as a nation wherein different cultural units across varied geographies coalesce and interact with each other, this glorious manifestation of diverse cuisine, music, dance, theatre, movies &  films, handicrafts, sports, literature, festivals, painting, sculpture etc. will enable people to imbibe the innate chord of binding and brotherhood.
  • To make our people aware about the seamless integral hull of the Modern Indian State spread across a landmass of 32 lakh sq. km, on whose firm foundations, the geo-political strength of the country is ensured benefitting one and all.
  • To impress upon people at large about the increasing inter-connectedness between the constituents of various cultural & economic zones which is so vital for the spirit of nation-building.
  • To induce a sense of responsibility & ownership for the nation as a whole through these close cross-cultural interactions as it intends to build up the inter-dependence matrix unequivocally.
  • To further promote inter-state travel for boosting business activities of various hues.
  • To create a learning ecosystem between the various stakeholders of the partnering states so that they benefit from the best practices of one another by establishing a State to State Connect.

Engagement matrix between states & UTs:  

  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh
  • Himachal Pradesh & Kerala
  • Uttarakhand & Karnataka
  • Haryana & Telangana
  • Rajasthan & West Bengal
  • Gujarat & Chhattisgarh
  • Maharashtra & Odisha
  • Goa & Jharkhand
  • Delhi & Sikkim & Assam
  • Madhya Pradesh & Manipur & Nagaland
  • Uttar Pradesh & Arunachal Pradesh & Meghalaya
  • Bihar & Tripura & Mizoram
  • Chandigarh & Dadra & Nagar Haveli
  • Puducherry & Daman & Diu
  • Lakshadweep & Andaman & Nicobar

Illustrative Examples: 

  • Exchange Programmes between partnering States with the help of troupes identified in the home State through Cultural Competitions.
  • Translation of Award-Winning Books and Poetry, popular folk songs of One State in the Language of the partner State.
  • Identification, translation and dissemination of proverbs having similar meaning in the languages of the two States.
  • Exchange programme for Writers and poets.
  • Organize Culinary festivals with the opportunity to learn culinary practices.
  • Organize Educational Tours for schools/Universities Students reciprocally.
  • Promotion of Rajya Darshan for tourists.
  • Organising Familiarisation Tours for the Tour Operators of one State.
  • Exposure of students of one State to alphabets, songs, proverbs and 100 sentences in the languages of the partner State.
  • Prepare and share with the partner States a book containing information on their culture, customs, traditions, flora & fauna etc. for dissemination to schools and colleges.
  • Encouraging the administration of oaths / Pledges in the languages of the pairing states.
  • Exchange of information on traditional agricultural practices and forecasting among farmers in the partner States.
  • Telecasting/ Broadcasting of programmes of one State on the Regional  Radio channels of Partner States.
  • Organising Film Festivals in the partner State with sub-titles.
  • Organising Photography competitions highlighting the culture and heritage of  the partner State
  • Encourage learning and exposure to traditional sports of the partner States.