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At 182 metres, the Statue of Unity stands as world’s tallest statue. The height was picked as ‘182’ metres to match the total number of Assembly constituencies in the state of Gujarat.”The statue will stand high, not just in metres and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values. My vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said.
Is Statue of Unity BJP’s political gimmick ahead of elections?Almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the United States, the monument to the first home minister of the nation, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is named so because the freedom fighter is credited with leading the task of forging a united India. Patel had persuaded the then 565 self-governing princely states to accede to India, earning him the sobriquet “Iron Man of India”. He is also called the “Unifier of India”.The Statue of Unity stands way taller and mightier than other famously tall statues — the Spring Temple of Buddha in China, the Ushiku Daibutsu in Japan, the Statue of Liberty in USA, the Homeland-Mother in Russia, and the Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.