India is unveiling the world’s tallest statue
India is unveiling the world’s tallest statue in Gujarat, the country’s westernmost state. The 597-foot-tall (182 meters) statue of Sardar Patel will be the tallest statue on Earth, but not for long, because other Indian authorities are planning to break the new record during 2019.
Sardar Patel was an Indian politician who became India’s first deputy prime minister upon the country’s independence in 1947. He was one of the country’s biggest freedom fighters and this is how authorities motivate the building of this enormous bronze statue, despite all the surrounding critics.
“Sadar Patel was very much the strongman of the Indian National Congress (popularly known as the Congress Party),” said Delhi-based art critic and curator, Gayatri Sinha, in a phone interview. “This statue is a post-colonial assertion of pride and power that India seeks to identify with.”
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“Sardar Patel was a principal negotiator in a (time) of distress and division and he brought different communities, states and linguistic groups together,” said Sinha. “He was very well known for leading the farmer movement in 1928, when he mobilized the farming community into active resistance … And to bring attention to his role is not a bad thing at all.”
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