What Do You Do With the Largest Statue in the World? Take Selfies With It, Obviously

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What Do You Do With the Largest Statue in the World? Take Selfies With It, Obviously

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ajeev and Shruti are soon going to have yet another place to publicly engrave their love for each other, as the government prepares to inaugurate the Statue of Unity – India’s answer to every other statue in the world – in Gujarat tomorrow. Coming at a cost of only $430 million (₹2,900 crore), the statue of Sardar Patel is slated to be the tallest in the world. Meanwhile, not content with just winning the battle of potholes, the Maharashtra government plans to counter with an erection of its own. By 2021, a giant Shivaji statue is set to come up off the coast of Maharashtra, which will take over the Sardar Patel statue in both height and complete uselessness to the public.

Somehow Indian governments, state as well as central, have always been obsessed with this idea that monuments – specifically giant statues of great old men – are a new trend among the youth. So they’ve apportioned a significant chunk of money to ensure no person in this country is left deprived of a statue ever again. Move over UN, we have a new humanitarian organisation in the making.

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