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India unveils the world's tallest statue

Post by Dragon on Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:32 am

India has unveiled the world's tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build.

The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "statue of unity" would serve as a major tourist attraction.

But locals say this is as a waste of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use.

Mr Modi, who unveiled the statue at a grand inaugural event, said it is "a symbol of India's integrity and resolve."

Air Force planes showered flowers on the statue, which was designed by decorated Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar.

According to local reports, thousands of policemen have been deployed across the district, where protests over the effigy have turned violent. Police detained farmers and tribal activists during a protest on Tuesday.

The statue has become a rallying point for local farmers who are demanding compensation for land that they say has been acquired by the government for various projects, including the construction of the memorial.

The Gujarat government is reported to have paid more than half of the funds for the statue, while the remainder came from the federal government or public donations.
◾️Indian farmers fume at $430m cost of Gujarat statue

The memorial has been seen as a pet project of Mr Modi, who like Patel, was born in Gujarat. He commissioned the statue when he was the state's chief minister in 2010.

It is nearly twice as tall as New York's Statue of Liberty. And it has surpassed the height of the Spring Temple Buddha in China which, at 128m, was previously the tallest in the world.

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The world’s tallest statue was unveiled today in the western Indian state of Gujarat. At 597 feet, the sculpture is almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty.

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Post by Cloud on Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:52 pm

Dragon wrote:But locals say this is as a waste of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use.

I completely agree!!
Whilst it's nice and i'm sure will bring comfort to many people, I can't help but picture how much food that money could have bought for people who are starving/hungry/homeless and medical support for those who are sick / disabled

It seems to be that way everywhere..... money spent on all these fantastic firework shows, statues, pointless events, meanwhile people living in poverty sit by and watch whilst they wonder where their next place to sleep is going to be or what they'll eat next. Really puts things into perspective... what a silly amount of money. I'm sure they could have done something a tad bit cheaper .....


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