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World’s Tallest Statue

India’s “Statue of Unity” unveiled, at twice the height of Statue of Liberty. But it won’t hold the record for long.

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THE STATS

  • Honoring founding father Sardar Patel, country’s first minister after British colonialists left in 1947.
  • 597 feet tall.
  • Took 33 months & more than 2,000 workers to build costing $430M.
  • Will include a museum with 40K documents & 2K photographs on Patel’s life and work.
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WHY TIMING MATTERS

  • Prime Minister Modi, elected in 2014, up for re-election next year.
  • Statue is a metaphor for India’s status as a rising superpower.
  • Meanwhile, records show Modi’s economic promises have not been fulfilled.
  • Critics call project “election gimmick” with money that could have been spent on the poor.
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It's the world's tallest statue - for now. Elsewhere in India, Modi's political party just started construction on a statue that would be 100 feet taller, costing $100M more at $500M. It's expected to be completed in 3 years.

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