Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s tallest, 182 m tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (also known as Statue of Unity) in Gujarat’s Kevadia today.
The statue of unity has been built overlooking the iconic Sardar Sarovar Dam at a staggering cost of about 3000 Crores. It took just 33 months to complete the mammoth task, and post the inauguration today. It is expecting that the statue may become a major tourist magnet.
However, in a country where even a small development often becomes a major point of agreement, disagreement and discussion, such a distinguished project was bound to. Likewise, the project has had its fair share of first, and many controversies and protests. Let’s have a balanced view about the good, bad and awesome things pertaining to the “Statue of Unity”.
The Good of Statue of Unity
Sardar Patel has been one of the greatest figures that the Indian soil has ever produced. Besides being the first home minister of independent India, but also carried out the incredible task of unifying more than 500 princely states to form the republic that we call India today. Such a towering personality deserves a befitting tribute like the Statue of Unity. The statue will stand tall as a peek into the life and times of the great man. It will inspire several generations and several hundred years to come.
The Bad of the Statue of Unity
Statue of Unity has been built in a panoramic, but ecologically and culturally sensitive landmass. Due to this, locals, including several tribal communities have been protesting relentlessly against the statue, claiming it has adversely affected their traditional livelihood. Therefore, there could definitely have been a better approach by taking the locals into confidence.
The Awesome of the Statue of Unity
The skyrocketing statue will put India on the map of global destinations, boosting tourism and the regional economy to newer heights. Moreover, the statue is a testimony of the Indian engineering and construction genius in front of the world. The statue will make India proud, and project it as a united and progressive nation.