Statue of Unity Stirs Controversy Right on the Inauguration Day

31 October, 2018, 15:14 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

The Communist Party of India has criticised the government for splurging money on the statue. It is built on Sadhu Bet islet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district.

The ceremony attracted sharp criticism for the spectacle, in addition to long-standing concerns over whether the country could afford to spend so much on a statue.

"The Modi government destroyed our natural resources and tribal culture".

Vasava told the Post almost a million tribal people would not cook food on Wednesday as a mark of protest.

Farmers in the state of Gujarat were reportedly bemused that millions of dollars were spent on the flagship project.

"Police patrolling has been intensified in the wake of protests by the local tribal community and leaders". Modi thanked the sculptors and architects who worked on the statue.

The Prime Minister in his speech hit out at critics and opposition parties, who have questioned the government's decision to construct the memorial.

To this date, The Spring Temple Buddha in China was the world's biggest statue at 128 meters. The statue can withstand heavy winds of up to 130 km per hour and earthquakes up to 6.5 on Richter scale.

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.

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Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, "Run For Unity" event was organised by Nehru Youth Centre in Bhubaneswar during which hundreds of participants covered a distance between Railway stadium to East Coast Railway Auditorium.

Modi also linked Infantry Day - observed in commemoration of the first victorious military action led by the Infantry in Jammu and Kashmir after Independence to drive out Pakistani invaders - to Patel.

"In a nutshell, the project is an individual's ego and Modi's whim".

The Statue of Unity website, which has given the structure the tagline, "the statue as grand as the stature", says: "Built in less than five years, it is the world's tallest, grandest and giant statue. He saved India from balkanisation... today, we, the 130 crore Indians, are working shoulder to shoulder to build a new India that is strong, prosperous and inclusive". "It will be a place to visit for those nostalgic about the freedom struggle".

"This is the world's tallest skyscraping statue".

Where is Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity?

The shawl across Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's shoulders accentuates his stately bearing.

The project is facing opposition from local villagers in the region and from rival political parties. Construction is underway for an even bigger statue near the Indian city Mumbai, which will depict the Marathan warrior King Shivaji on horseback in the Arabian Sea.


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