The Indian government has unveiled its newest statue, now the tallest in the world. The statue is of independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first interior minister and deputy prime minister (BBC). The statue cost about 400 million USD and stands 597ft high in Gujarat, almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty in New York (Reuters). Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that it is the “statue of unity” and is “a symbol of India’s integrity and resolve” (BBC).
There have been mixed reviews on the new statue and how much it cost the government. With petrol prices increasing, flooding across India and banks having financial trouble, some do not agree with the government’s decision to build the statue (TOI). Vijendra Tadvi, a farmer, stated, “Instead of spending money on a giant statue, the government should have used it for farmers in the district” (BBC).
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