Narendra Modi, head of the BJP plans to build the world’s highest statue in India. It will be of Sardar Patel, a historical figure among India’s leaders. Orders for the construction of world’s tallest statue have been given by Modi and the costs will amount to $340 million.
Narendra Modi is playing a game of image-boosting both for himself and his party in India. As BJP leader, he wants to build a very tall statue of Sardar Patel, a hero to the Indian people directly after Gandhi and Nehru. He is aiming to build the world's tallest statue in India. The state of Gujarat is the home of both Modi and Patel. While Patel served under Nehru, he was often engaged in a tussle with the illustrious prime minister.
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As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi has already been modernizing his home state at a lightning pace. And despite the massacre of many innocent Muslims in the Gujarat riots during his rule, he was acquitted. In fact, he has risen to even greater popularity on the basis of his campaign to convert Gujarat into an ultramodern state.
Since it is the 138th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, Modi seems to have seized the opportunity as an ideal chance to gain some influence with the nation’s Hindu majority. Modi has gone on record saying that had Sardar Patel become prime minister instead of Nehru, India’s status quo would have been much better.
The figure made of bronze and iron would be twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. About 182 meters in height, it would stand on a river island site in Gujarat. There has been criticism regarding the astronomical cost which is quite obscene in a country with so much poverty.