A Gi­ant Trib­ute

Newsweek International - - CONTENTS - → SAM PANTHAKY

The Statue of Unity, the largest statue in the world, looms over the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam on Oc­to­ber 30. The bronze be­he­moth, a like­ness of In­dian in­de­pen­dence leader Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel, is 597 feet (beg­ging the ques­tion: Why not just go for 600?). That’s twice the height of the Statue of Lib­erty and 177 feet above the pre­vi­ous record holder, China’s Spring Tem­ple Bud­dha. As In­dia’s first deputy prime min­is­ter, Pa­tel worked to unify more than 500 states to form the In­dian union.

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