Indian Polity - Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Initiative September 10, 2017 EK BHARAT SHRESHTHA BHARAT INITIATIVE Why in news? “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister recently. About the Initiative 1) It will lead to an enhanced understanding and bonding. It is an innovative measure that between the States through the knowledge of the culture, traditions and practices of different States & UTs, for strengthening the unity and integrity of India. 2) All States and UTs will be covered under the programme. 3) According to the scheme, two states will undertake a unique partnership for one year which would be marked by cultural and student exchanges. 6 MoUs between two States each were also signed on the occasion of launch, under this initiative. 4) Students of a particular state would travel to another state to learn each other's culture. 5) District level pairings will also be done and it would be independent of the State level pairings. 6) The activity will be very useful to link various States and Districts in annual programmes that will connect people through exchanges in areas of culture, tourism, language, education trade etc. 7) Citizens will also be able to experience the cultural diversity of a much larger number of States/UTs while realising that India is one. Objectives of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat 1) 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. 2) 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. 3) To showcase the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity of India, thus fostering a sense of common identity. 4) To establish long-term engagements and to create an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences Significance 1) The idea of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat will help in building a better nation through by enabling people to imbibe the innate chord of binding and brotherhood. 2) It will help to induce a sense of responsibility and ownership for the nation as a whole through these close cross-cultural interactions.