On the 143rd birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, in Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district. The 182m-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was inaugurated along the banks of Narmada river.
Modi lead the puja ceremony with water brought in a kalash (metal pots) from 30 holy rivers, including the Ganga, Yamuna and Brahmaputra among others.
The Rs 2,389-crore monument is a tribute to Patel who played a major role in integrating the princely states into the Indian Union after the partition of 1947.
The statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over the Narmada River. Iron was collected from all over the country for the statue of Sardar Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India.
The statue, whose foundation was laid by Modi in 2013 as chief minister of Gujarat, will dwarf the current tallest statue, the Spring Temple Buddha in China (128m), and will be almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York. But the Statue of Unity will lose its crown to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial, a 192m statue under construction in the Arabian sea off the Mumbai coast, when work is expected to finish in three years.
The statue has been designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and has been built by Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. It took about 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers to construct the statue in 33 months.
While the statue has been on everyone’s mind for quite some time, here’s how twitter reacted to it after the inauguration:
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) October 31, 2018
Make no mistake, Patel is hated simply because he united India. Rest all is humbug…
— Abhinav Prakash (@Abhina_Prakash) October 31, 2018
The #StatueOfUnity is so tall that once you reach the top all you can see is Acchey Din
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) October 31, 2018
I am pained to see that Russian, Spanish, French & Mandarin made their way on #StatueOfUnity but my mother tongue Odia, along with many other Indian languages, isn't mentioned. Sardar Patel, the man who played a pivotal role in unifying us would have never allowed this to happen. pic.twitter.com/oBgM0gXVTJ
— Niranjan Patnaik (@NPatnaikOdisha) October 31, 2018
The man whose entire politics is based on divide and rule is inaugurating the statue of a man who stood for unity of the nation. What a paradox!#StatueOfUnity #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel https://t.co/POaY4KkxOn
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) October 31, 2018
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) October 31, 2018
Boycotting Rs.300 worth Made in China firecrackers = Patriotism.
Celebrating Rs. 3000 crores worth Made in China #StatueOfUnity = ?
— Garga Chatterjee (@GargaC) October 31, 2018
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@ModiLeDubega) October 31, 2018
— Ram Vilas Paswan (@RumGlassPasson) October 31, 2018
— Rofl Don™ (@EpicRoflDon) October 31, 2018
Pic 1 : How World sees it.
— Firoz Talha (@FirozTalha_) October 31, 2018
Dick measuring contest on tax payers expense. Insecure men worry about size. Whoever thought about building a #StatueOfUnity will increase India's Pride needs psychiatric help. Next time don't vote for psychopathic megalomaniacs #IncredibleIndia pic.twitter.com/h9K7gQJznU
— Suby #ReleaseSanjivBhatt (@Subytweets) October 31, 2018
if modu were the first pm, and patel were his home minister/ deputy prime minister, we would’ve never known that patel was the one who united india.
— Ravi Kundurthi (@RaviKundurthi) October 31, 2018
— Delhi se hoon BC (@delhichatter) October 31, 2018
— Arnab Goswami (@unoffarnab) October 31, 2018
— Yash (@puriyash41) October 31, 2018
— Delhi se hoon BC (@delhichatter) October 31, 2018
Pic 1- The man who UNITED India
Pic 2 – The man who DIVIDED India.
RT if you believe that #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel was a CONGRESS MAN at HEART
& he would never have wasted 3000 cr on a #StatueOfUnity and instead built SCHOOLS & HOSPITALS for the future. pic.twitter.com/pibzOZkmy9
— My Fellow Indians (@MyFellowIndians) October 31, 2018
— R E B E L (@Gadhvilaxman) October 31, 2018
Modi : India's Statute of Unity is answer to US's Statue of Liberty
Indians : But that was a gift from France to US.
— Amlan (@AmLanSolo) October 31, 2018
— Varun Kumar Rana 🇮🇳 (@BeingLaviRana) October 31, 2018
— 🇮🇳 सुहाना #VSGT (@2Suhana1) October 31, 2018
Shinzo Abe: I need new Robots to replace next gen leaders
Jinping: I want a bridge from China to Moon
— Faking News (@fakingnews) October 31, 2018
Irony just died a painful death! pic.twitter.com/dwk61jii5E
— Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) October 31, 2018
— Sabari Raina (@RainaSabari) October 31, 2018
Name board at Status of Unity
Dear North Indian Politicians, stop thinking that mentioning Tamilnadu will represent South India. Even the tamil translation is incorrect. Please stop being idiots. #StatueOfUnity #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel #SardarPatel pic.twitter.com/VKZuj8Yp6H
— DeepthiReddy (@DeepRK94) October 31, 2018
#StatueOfUnity was Nehru's idea but Modi hijacked it.
— Satya #शुभ_दीपावली (@SatyaNamo) October 31, 2018