Statue of Unity is not just a tourist destination- like Taj Mahal
World’s tallest statue, “Statue of Unity”- A tribute to the Iron man of India -Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- unveiled today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Patel, is not just tourist destination and the iron structure. Ii is the destination to take a pride for and get inspired for every Indians who resonates love for the nation which is united.
Of course it is the tallest statue of the world, and inaugurate by none other than prime minister of India, Narendra Modi who laid the foundation stone of the project in 2013 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
India is country of Idol worshipers and we do have many such monuments in the country and millions of people are visiting them every year. In this case this will be the statue of man who played key role during the freedom struggle and after independence, we all know the story.
Dhruv Rathee, freelance journalist in his recent article “Even If Statue of Unity becomes as famous as Taj Mahal, We may need 120 years to break even” published on “The Print” news portal, has argued that “The Sardar Patel statue is about political symbolism, and does not add to India’s rich culture and history.” I would like to differ here; any historian or archaeologist will do the same. India’s rich culture is that of “Unity in Diversity” and the statute of the unity is of the man. Who make sure the unity of entire India, not so long ago in the history. Also it is pointless to depict it as “political symbolism” just because BJP lead government has conceived and completed it. In that case every statue at the cross road if political symbolism and congress has plenty of them. We have to see “far and clear” with pride that we as nation has now the world’s tallest statue.
Rathee also argued about the economic part, and said we will need 120 year to reach the break even if state of Unity becomes as famous as Taj Mahal”. This observation completely ignores the rising scale of economic activities in India and other parts of the world which will enable those middle income groups to travel more and spend more, though only time will tell. Here Rathee seems to compare the two different marvels with one parameter; he is trying to compare the two ideologies in a way and seems to undermine one, deliberately.
Such monuments are needed; as they will be the reason history will be pass on to the next generations, it is up to us, what we want to teach our children, the story of man who scarified everything even family and united India or the story of the king who built the monument for his fourth wife.
Author of this Article is Harshal Purohit, You can follow him on twitter @ipurohitharshal