India inaugurates world's tallest statue to celebrate independence hero

Sardar Patel sardar patel biography Hind na Sardar Sardar of India Hind ke Sardar Ravjibhai Manibhai Patel Ekta Yatra Statue of Unity

The Prime Minister also said that today India is able to have dialogues on its own term which is only because of Sardar.

Sardar Patel was a deputy prime minister in India's first post-independence government. Further, he also sowed the seed for the All India Service which houses the Civil Service comprising Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS).

At 182 meters (587 feet), the statue is more than twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

The edifice is situated in Gujarat state, where both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Patel hail from.

Local villagers have written to the PM saying the inauguration is "akin to celebrating someone's death" as the statue's construction entailed the wiping out of natural resources which had for years given farmers a living.

Air force jets flew over the figure and rose petals were dropped from helicopters as Mr Modi bent in front of the statue.

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After formally dedicating the statue of Sardar Patel to the country, Modi said that the idea behind creating the statue was to honour Sardar, who united the country, in a way that he deserves.

For the interior, 1,80,000 cubic metre of concrete cement, 18,500 tonne of reinforced steel and 6,500 tonne of structured steel has been used.

But around the statue in a remote corner of Gujarat state, more than 5,000 police guarded the huge site where construction work has taken almost four years to complete the megaproject.

Patel led the Indian National Congress which forged the Indian movement for independence, following World War II when the party put pressure on the British government to pass an independence bill in July 1947.

"Sardar Patel also asked all leaders to look upon all the people equally, without any discrimination", she said, while accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of dividing people on the basis of religion and caste, instead of working for their welfare.

In the largely tribal town of Dediapada, roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the statue, villagers shuttered shops and closed the main market for the day in protest.

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