Tow­er­ing statue of In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence leader un­veiled

The Myanmar Times - - World -

In­dia’s prime min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day un­veiled a tow­er­ing bronze statue of Sar­dar Val­labb­hai Pa­tel, a key in­de­pen­dence leader and the coun­try’s first home min­is­ter af­ter Bri­tish colo­nial­ists left in 1947.

At 182 me­ters (597 feet), it is one of the tallest stat­ues in the world built at a cost of $403 mil­lion in Ke­vadiya, a vil­lage in Gu­jarat state. Both Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Pa­tel hail from Gu­jarat state.

Modi in­au­gu­rated the “Statue of Unity” on the bank of the Nar­mada river.

He had promised the project de­spite crit­i­cism that In­dia couldn’t af­ford to spend so much money on a statue.

In­dian air force planes show­ered flower petals on the statue.

Pa­tel was known as the “Iron Man of In­dia” for in­te­grat­ing var­i­ous states in the post-in­de­pen­dence era as the cre­ation of Pakistan led to a mas­sive blood­shed be­tween Hin­dus and Mus­lims mov­ing be­tween the two na­tions. – AP

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