Saturday, 17 November, 2018

It's twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue World's Tallest Statue Is Quite Staggering – Double The Size Of The Statue Of Liberty [Images]
Andrew Cummings | 01 November, 2018, 06:17

"In the process, not only will the Statue of Unity literally dwarf statues of all other Indians leaders, but the event will also enable the memory of Sardar to rise imposingly over Congress Party leaders", Mukhopadhyay said. "We have electrified 18,000 villages and have connected villages through roads, optic fibre cables and gas connections", Modi said. But this is a 182-metre statue for his disciple. "I am amazed when some people of our own country dare to see this initiative from a political view and criticize us like we have committed a huge crime". He added that the statue will remind those who question India's existence that this nation was, is and will remain eternal.

The "Iron Man of India", a moniker the first deputy prime minister of the country earned through his commitment to national integration in the Forties, will in fact be clad entirely in bronze when dedicated by Shri Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning; 1,850 tonnes of bronze to be precise.

It towers over the nearby Narmada Dam, in the Shoolpaneshwar wildlife sanctuary, and will be connected by bridge to a museum and audio-visual gallery, three-star hotel and garden in Patel's honour.

Tharoor said BJP had no answer to the query why they did not erect a bigger statue of the Mahatma.

A barrister and statesman by profession, Sardar Vallabhai Patel was noted as the "Iron Man of India", as he had unified 562 princely states post India's independence.

Local legislator and community group leader Chotu Vasava said: "Tribal groups have been exploited by different governments, the ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is repeating it again".

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CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy echoed similar sentiments.

The Statue of Unity was built at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,989 crore.

Built in a remote area of Gujarat, the base of the statue alone is 58 metres tall.

Reddy also charged the BJP with trying to "appropriate" the legacy of Patel.

His name had been largely overshadowed by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since 1947. "He is the father of the nation", he told PTI in Hyderabad.

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