Uttarakhand Day also referred to as Uttarakhand Divas, is celebrated as the state foundation day of Indian state Uttarakhand. It is observed annually on 9 November (beginning in 2000).[1][2]

Uttarakhand Day
Official nameUttarakhand Day
Also calledUttarakhand Sthapna Diwas
Observed byUttarakhand
TypeState Foundation Day
SignificanceCommemorates the victory of the Uttarakhand movement
Date9 November 2000

Summary of the Uttarakhand


Following the independence of India, the Himalayan districts of erstwhile United Provinces began to receive significant attention in the regional literature. In 1949, the Princely State of Tehri Garhwal acceded to the Union of India. With the adoption of Constitution of India in 1950, the United Provinces was renamed Uttar Pradesh and became a state of India. Even after the decades of independence, the Government of Uttar Pradesh couldn't meet the expectation to address the interests of the people in the Himalayan region. Unemployment, poverty, lack of adequate infrastructure, general underdevelopment and the migration of native (Pahari-speaking) people from the hills in search of better opportunities ultimately led to the popular demand for the creation of a separate hill state. Following the formation of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal for the purpose of achieving statehood, protests gathered momentum and took a form of widespread statehood movement across the region in 90s. The movement took a violent turn on 2 October 1994, when the Uttar Pradesh Police opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators in Muzaffarnagar, killing a number of people.

The statehood activists continued their agitation for the next several years and consequently the state of Uttarakhand was formed as Uttaranchal on 9 November 2000 by the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000, bifurcating the erstwhile state of Uttar Pradesh. On 1 January 2007, Uttaranchal was renamed Uttarakhand, reclaiming the name by which the region had been known prior to statehood.[3]

Observance and celebration


2016 Uttarakhand Day Celebration


The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat constituted the Uttarakhand Ratna award on the 16th anniversary of state foundation.[4]

Award ceremony

Award Recipient Field
Uttarakhand Ratna[5] Badri Datt Pandey Freedom Movement
Chandra Singh Garhwali
Gaura Devi Environmental Movement
Ghanshyam Giri Social Service
Indramani Badoni Statehood Movement
Jayanand Bharati Social Reform
Mangala Devi Social Service
Narayan Datt Tiwari Public Affair
Sri Dev Suman Freedom Movement
Uttarakhand Lifetime Achievement Award Kabutari Devi Folklore
Rajendra Singh Rawat Sport
(Field Hockey)
Devabhumi Uttarakhand Khel Ratna Gurmeet Singh Athletics
Devabhumi Uttarakhand Dronacharya Award Surendra Singh Rawat
Brij Mohan Shah Memorial Award Parth Mehta Cinema and Television
Urvashi Rautela
Gopal Babu Goswami Memorial Award Narendra Singh Negi Music
Keshav Das Anuragi Memorial Award Uttam Das Music
Mohan Singh Rithagarhi Memorial Award Girish Tiwari Music
Mohan Upreti Memorial Award Chander Singh Rahi Theatre
Ratan Singh Jaunsari Memorial Award Nand Lal Bharati Folklore

2017 Vision Uttarakhand


On the 17th Annual State Foundation Day, the Government of Uttarakhand invited the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing Anil Dhasmana, Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard Rajendra Singh and other prominent defence personnel of Uttarakhandi origin to a seminar on November 5, deliberating on the challenges that emerged following the formation of Uttarakhand state and to discuss the roadmap and vision for the state's progress and development.[6]

The Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the vision document of his government Sankalp Se Siddhi, a booklet based on the theme of 'Good Governance and Zero Tolerance on Corruption'.[7]

Award ceremony

Award Recipient Field
Devabhumi Uttarakhand Khel Ratna Ekta Bisht Cricket
Devabhumi Uttarakhand Dronacharya Award Liaqat Ali

2018 Uttarakhand Uday


The Governor of Uttarakhand Baby Rani Maurya inaugurated the 18th Annual State Foundation Day. The main function was held at Police Lines, Dehradun. Parade included the Uttarakhand Police Women's Pipe Band, Uttarakhand Police Dog Squad's demo, Uttarakhand Anti-Terrorist Squad's demo, Uttarakhand State Disaster Relief Force's demo, motorcycling and horse riding. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat paid his tributes to the Uttarakhand State Agitator Martyrs' Memorial in Dehradun.[8]

Cultural events, sponsored by the Hindi daily newspaper Amar Ujala were held at the Pavilion Ground, Dehradun. Fashion show of traditional Uttarakhandi garments was also hosted. At the opening ceremony, Basanti Bisht and Pritam Bhartwan performed the jagar. Garhwali and Kumaoni folk songs were performed by Meena Rana, Renu Dhasmana Uniyal, Amit Sagar, Sangita Dhaundiyal, Rajnikant Semwal and Sanjay Kumola. The event was attended by the chief guest Lok Sabha MP and ex-CM Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', special guests Uttarakhand State Ministers Subodh Uniyal and Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat and Uttarakhand Congress Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana.[9]

2019 Uttarakhand State Foundation Week


The 19th Annual State Foundation Day was celebrated as an extended week-long festival starting from November 3 to November 9. Events and programmes related to the various socio-cultural themes were held at Almora, Mussoorie, New Tehri and Srinagar beside the state capital Dehradun. The subject of 'Reverse Migration' was special focus of the state government in this event. The event was attended by the Union Ministers, prominent non-resident Uttarakhandis and experts of various fields. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by the chief guest Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.[10][11][12][13][14]

Events and programmes

Date Event Location
3 November "Awa Apun Ghaur"
(Let's Come Back Home)
New Tehri
4 November "Mere Sainik Mera Abhiman"
(My Soldiers, My Pride)
6 November "Uttarakhand Mahila Sammelan"
(Uttarakhand Women's Conference)
7 November "Mere Yuva Meri Shan"
(My Youth, My Glory)
8 November Uttarakhand Film Conclave Mussoorie
9 November "Bharat Bharati"
(The Montage of India)

2020 Uttarakhand Day Celebration


The 20th annual state foundation day celebration was kicked off by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at Gairsain, which was announced the summer capital of Uttarakhand in March 2020 shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.[15]


See also



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  13. ^ "पुलिस की रैतिक परेड में जांबाजों ने दिखाए हैरतअंगेज करतब, देखिए साहस और जज्बे से भरी तस्वीरें..." Amar Ujala (in Hindi). 9 November 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
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