A bronze statue of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabbhai Patel.
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DUBAI – A towering bronze statue of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabbhai Patel has been declared the tallest in the world and was unveiled in India on Wednesday.
The statue, which stands 182 metres, was built at a cost of $403 million in Kevadiya, a village in Gujarat state where Patel hailed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the “Statue of Unity” on the bank of the Narmada river. Military planes showered flower petals on the statue.
A tribute to the great Sardar Patel! Dedicating the ‘Statue of Unity’ to the nation. Here’s my speech. https://t.co/OEDjhW1MrT
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018
The monument will house a museum with 40,000 documents, 2,000 photographs and a research centre on Patel’s life and work.
Patel was India’s first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947. ICA/Expat Media
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