On Wednesday, October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue of the world, to the nation as a tribute to the first Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
In the inaugural ceremony PM Modi said that the 182 meter high statue of Sardar Patel is an answer to those who questions India’s existence and shows that India was, is and will always be eternal. The statue is made on the bed of Narmada River about 3.2 km far from Narmada dam in Kevadiya district of Gujarat.
PM Modi lauded Sardar Patel as a great unifier who formed for United India from more than 550 princely states and converted India’s diversity into its strength. Modi said, “Had Sardar Patel not united the country, we would need visas to see lions or pay homage at Somnath or view the Charminar in Hyderabad. Patel converted India’s diversity into its biggest strength. The country is today following the path shown by Patel and is moving towards becoming the world’s greatest economic and strategic power”
Sardar Patel integrated and unified India, in letter and spirit.
He was clear that after 15th August 1947, India would never be bound by the chains of colonialism. pic.twitter.com/tZVWiaI8H9
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018
Modi also appreciated the contribution made by local communities and farmers in building the statue and said that tourists from worldwide will come to visit the site and prosperity will come in the region.
Modi said, “This is the tallest statue in the world. People across the world will visit this site and remember it. The contribution of the tribals, farmers and villagers, who helped to make the Statue of Unity cannot be ignored. The statue will bring prosperity to the tribals, farmers and villagers in this region. It will lead to job creation and promote tourism in the area”.
Modi remembered the holy work of unification of India done by Sardar Patel and urged people to march with the dream to make the country superior India. He said, “The world’s tallest statue would remind the entire world, the future generations about the courage, capabilities and resolution of the person who did this holy work of thwarting the conspiracy to disintegrate Mother India into pieces”.
Modi said, “This (statue) is a source of unity…with this sentiment we should march…and march with a dream to make the country ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ (One India, Superior India)”.