India’s Statue of Unity will be formally unveiled on 31st October 2018. The golden statue shows Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel wrapped in a traditional Indian dhoti and a shawl on his shoulders towering over the Narmada River.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil Patel’s statue .. the Statue of Unity … near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujrat on 31st October, 2018.
The statue symbolises India’s unity for which India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stood. Known as India’s “Iron Man,” Sardar Patel is credited with uniting the fledgling nation in the 1940s.
An Iconic Structure.
India’s new Statue of Unity is four times taller than the Statue of Liberty. It is 597 high, 177 feet higher than China’s Spring Temple Buddha in the central Henan province- the current world’s tallest statue. Ironically, China, too, has contributed here. It has given the finishing touch. Since Indian foundries could not have done it, China did the bronze cladding for the Patel statue.
It is so big that it gives India the claim to have the world’s tallest statue – a 597-foot tall masterpiece that broadcasts as much about India’s global aspirations as it does about the political aspirations of its leader.
The $408 million gold-colored colossus, designed to withstand 6.5 scale earthquake, 180 kmph winds, fabricated from iron particles collected from the length and breadth of India, and made after studying over 2000 photos of Sardar’s face, is seen as a huge achievement for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is so far the iconic showcase of the Nation’s growing prosperity and status as an emerging global power. It is a very powerful symbol and only a person with an iron resolve could have done it. India’s rise as a powerful nation is un-stoppable now and it is visible everywhere even in the critics’ remarks.
As anticipated, the foreign media response has been : “Patel’s 600-Foot Statue Reflects PM Modi’s Political Ego”.
“It’s the size that matters, kind of a nonsensical, idea of power,” said Sawant, a professor of visual studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
The PM’s Answer.
Despite criticism, PM Modi, however, seems to relish the big-splash attention.
“This memorial to Sardar [Patel] is going to become a worldwide tourist attraction,” boasted PM Modi in a promotional video about the statue. “See our height, measure this nation’s height. This is what we want.”
“If Sardar Patel had become the prime minister, today a part of our beloved Kashmir would not have been under Pakistani occupation,” PM Modi has stated in the Parliament in February.
Hindol Sengupta, author of a Patel biography, said projects such as the statue are PM Modi’s way of trumpeting India’s ascent.
“When Modi says he wants India to take its rightful place as “vishwa guru,” or world teacher, he actually means it . . . in Modi’s worldview this statue is a crucial part of the signaling the rise of India and the presenting before the world that rise in visual terms.”
Finally, a great leader is getting what he deserved, aptly showcasing the overall development of India into a Global Super Power, the entire Indian Nation is proud of it.