India unveils the tallest statue in the world

Work in full swing at the site of the Statue of Unity in Kevadia colony on Thursday for the unveiling ceremony

India on Wednesday inaugurated the world's tallest statue, a $400-million effigy of independence hero Vallabhbhai Patel that towers almost twice the height of New York's Statue of Liberty. He further said, "Located by the banks of river Narmada, the height of this idol is twice that of America's renowned Statue of Liberty".

Posters of Modi with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani were torn down or had their faces blackened at the weekend. It was designed by Padma Bhushan winning sculptor Ram V Sutar.

Thousands of policemen guarded the venue during the inauguration, as local tribal people have been holding protests in recent months claiming the project had destroyed natural resources, the Times of India newspaper reported. He had promised the project despite criticism that India couldn't afford it.

"More than 5,000 police personnel have been deployed at various points in the 10km radius of the statue site", said the Narmada district police inspector general, Abhay Chudasama.

According to local media reports, at least 16 tribal leaders were detained on the eve of the inauguration.

It is nearly 29 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and nearly twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in NY.

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While stressing on the need to work "unitedly" to address issues like terrorism, climate change, economic development and social justice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that peace does not only mean "no war". The Statue of Unity can also survive earthquakes measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter Scale, at a depth of 10 km and within a radius of 12 km of the statue. In November past year, after the Congress chief visited the temple, PM Modi had said that Rahul Gandhi's grandfather - Jawaharlal Nehru - had opposed the reconstruction of the Somnath temple.

On Monday, rebel Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said the Statue of Unity project was a "marketing gimmick", and asked Modi to first unite the CBI and the RBI. The state government is building a two-mile high way for tourists to reach the statue from the nearby town of Kevadia, while it can also be reached by boat across the Sardar Sarovar reservoir.

In an article sent to several newspapers on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, describing him as a great unifier and the maker of modern India.

Vaghela said, "I see the unveiling of the Statue of Unity as a desperate attempt by the BJP to gain political mileage and nothing else".

He described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of the country's engineering and technical capabilities.

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