Thursday, 15 November, 2018

PM dedicates Sardar Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ to nation

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]
Charlie Simmons | 01 November, 2018, 06:17

Dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, fondly known as the Iron Man of India, the Statue of Unity has been unveiled by PM Narendra Modi on the statesman's 143rd birth anniversary.

The statue is more than twice the size of New York's Statue of Liberty and also dwarfs the 128 metre (400 feet) high Spring Temple Buddha in China, the world's next-biggest statue.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.

The project was conceptualised by Prime Minister Modi as a memorial to Patel.

India has unveiled the tallest statue in the world, which stands at almost 600 feet tall.

The statue is part of a broader project by Modi to counter the opposition Indian National Congress Party's firm claim on India's history by way of the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, his mentor, peace activist Mahatma Gandhi, and his daughter, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated by her guards in 1984.

Air force jets flew over the giant figure and clouds of rose petals were dropped from helicopters onto its head as Modi bent in front of the statue on the ground. However, the statue has been named as the "Statue of Unity". Hundreds of Chinese have been among the 3,500 workers. Modi initially commissioned the Statue of Unity back in 2010 when he was Gujarat's chief minister.

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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.

"The statue will go on to become the symbol of Sardar's vow and bravery that he displayed in uniting the country", said Modi, adding that the statue is also the symbol farmers of the country whose soil and tools became the foundation of the statue.

"Though Patel was from Gujarat state, all Indians were proud of him because of his stature", said Rashesh Patel, a 42-year-old businessman among the crowd gathered for the inauguration ceremony.

Indian policemen gather next to the Statue of Unity.

The "Statue of Unity" is double the size of the Statue of Liberty in NY standing 240 metres high.

The exterior of statue is coated with 1,850 tonne of bronze.

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