Modi unveils world’s tallest statue

The tribal hamlet of Kevadiya, nestled amid Satpura and Vindhya ranges, got etched in history as PM Modi dedicated to the nation ‘Statue of Unity’, the world’s tallest statue, built as a tribute to India’s Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The 182-metre-tall statue built on Sadhu Beyt near Sardar Sarovar Dam was conceptualised by Modi in 2010 when he was Gujarat CM as acknowledgement of Sardar’s painstaking yet ‘uncelebrated’ contribution in unifying India by merging over 550 princely states. “The world’s tallest statue will remind the entire world, the future generations about the courage, capabilities and determination of the person who did this holy work of vanquishing the conspiracy to disintegrate India into pieces,” he said as the nation celebrated India’s first home minister’s 143rd birth anniversary.

Modi also exhorted people to rise above caste, class and religion and imbibe the sole feeling of ‘being Indian’ to realise the dream of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (Unified India, Superior India)’.

Modi also blasted his critics and said his government’s efforts of bringing to life the contribution of India’s iconic freedom fighters are being seen as political gimmick. “We are criticised for praising the contributions of national heroes like Sardar Patel... Is it a crime to commemorate them?”

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