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Watch: World’s Tallest statue costing $400m unveiled

by Purvai Dua
31st Oct 18 2:19 pm

Costing a staggering $400m to build, India’s ‘Statue of Unity’ is a 597-foot tribute to the country’s first home minister, Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, who helped unite the country after its independence from Britain.

To put into context, the mega statue is almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty.

The iconic statue of Patel, known as the “Iron Man of India” for his work towards integrating various states in the post-independence era, was inaugurated today in an elaborate ceremony in Gujarat attended by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

“We are doing everything possible to turn Sardar Patel’s vision into a reality and ensure a good-quality life for our fellow Indians,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

“Patel wanted India to be a forceful, strong, sensitive, vigilant and accommodative nation, and we’re working towards that,” Modi later said at the monument’s unveiling ceremony today.


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