THE WORLD’S BIG­GEST STATUE

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The Statue of Unity, in­au­gu­rated on the 31st of Oc­to­ber, is the world’s tallest statue, at 182 me­tres. Twice the height of the Statue of Lib­erty, it was erected in the Nar­mada district of the Gu­jarat state, in In­dia. It de­picts Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel, a leader of In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence move­ment. Af­ter In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence in 1947, Pa­tel served as the coun­try’s first Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, suc­cess­fully or­ches­trat­ing the an­nex­a­tion of self-gov­ern­ing “princely states” – states that were never fully un­der Bri­tish con­trol – to newly in­de­pen­dent In­dia. His com­mit­ment to na­tional in­te­gra­tion earned him the nick­name of “Iron Man of In­dia.” The statue cost £314m.

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