Grand angle

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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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