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India Now Has The World’s Tallest Statue, Standing At Nearly 600 Feet

India is making history! The country officially holds the record for the world’s tallest statue with its new memorial. This statue, named the Statue of Unity, was unveiled on October 31. Made out of bronze, it’s a tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.

The Statue Of Unity

It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar and is located above the Narmada River in the western Indian state of Gujarat. When the statue was announced years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he wanted the statue to be a grand figure that everyone would notice.

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“In the world, people talk about America’s Statue of Liberty. We want to make a statue of Sardar Patel at twice the size of the Statue of Liberty,” said Prime Minister Modi in 2013. The statue itself is 597 feet tall, almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. That also makes it the tallest statue in the world.

A Waste Of Money?

Unfortunately, the statue hasn’t done the best job at bringing unity. Many locals are actually furious about the statue. It cost over $410 million, pulled from state, federal and individual donations. Some residents believe that the money spent on the statue could have been put to better use.

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In fact, there have many protests over the statue, including farmers and tribal activists. Some of the protests have even turned violent, prompting the deployment of thousands of policeman to reign things in. Local farmers have been demanding compensation for land that they say has been taken by the government for various projects, including the construction of the memorial.

A Grand Symbol

Nonetheless, Prime Minister Modi believes that the Statue of Unity is not only a wonderful tribute to former Prime Minister Patal, but it’s also a tribute to the country of India as a whole. He called the statue “a symbol of India’s integrity and resolve.” He also believes that the statue will be a major tourist attraction.

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Unfortunately, the Statue of Unity won’t be the world’s tallest statue for long. The government in the western state of Maharashtra in India is building a new statue themselves. It will be a memorial to the Maratha warrior king Shivaji that will be about 190m tall, beating out this new statue by a few feet. But, for now, the Statue of Unity is in the record books.

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