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Modi’s Useless 2000 Crore Statue Plan Undermines Everything That Sardar Patel Stood For

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By Rohan Seth:

If you stand against dissipation of government coffers, if Mayawati’s parks and statues enrage you, then Narendra Modi’s plan to erect the world’s tallest statue should be no less riling. According to a report by the Business Standard, “The money for the Rs 2,000 crore Sardar Patel Statue will come from the state treasury

statue for unity confirms this, “The project cost is estimated to be Rs. 2500 crore and will be completed in 36 months (approximately three years)”

There must be a better way to honour our yesteryear leaders. Spending tax payer’s money on statues is a growing epidemic. It needs to stop. Thousands of crores of money are spent every year to carve idols and statues in the country. India and more importantly in this case, the state of Gujarat, continues to be affected by poverty, inadequate public healthcare and malnutrition.

How is then one supposed to react to 2000 crores being spent on a statue? Modi’s plan includes developing a museum and an academic and research centre. ‘Sir aap hazaron museum, school, hospital, welfare schemes Sardar Patel ke naam par chalayo. Statue bananey ka kya matlab banta hai’

In this article, Sir Modi you clearly express concern over the rampant malnutrition in Gujarat, then why not use the 2000 crores to devise a scheme to tackle the alarming problem.

Mayawati faced widespread rebuke and censure for the enormous amount of taxpayer money she expended on statues, carved in reverence for Dalit icons. The criticism was across party lines and saw the BJP and Congress disapprove her actions with equal fervour.

It’s important to understand that there is no significant difference between Mayawati’s statue(s) and Narendra Modi’s statue. Both of them pay homage to a past leader(s) and squander crores of tax payers’ money. There are no two ways about it.

It’s a request. Please pay homage to our much revered leaders through music, films, journals and books. Go ahead, politicize them if you must. But no statues. They can be an expensive proposition. It is astonishing that the countrymen jump to lambasting a 454 crore Mars Orbiter Mission and not a single word of disdain is spoken for a useless 2000 crore exercise.

And again there must be a better-cost effective way to boost tourism and generate employment. Building a 2000 crore statue is definitely not the answer. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel once said, “My only desire is that India should be a good producer and no one should be hungry, shedding tears for food in the country”

Millions in the country remain food insecure. The expansive ‘Statue for Unity’ project undermines everything that the ‘Iron Man of India’ stood for.

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  1. Yeshu Aggarwal

    And here comes a bunch of pessimistic Indians. Firstly, there is a difference between statues and parks built by Mayawati and the one being built by Modi. Mayawati’s statue was all about herself, Modi’s is about the ‘Iron Man of India’. Surely Rs.2500 crore or approx. can be used to address various social cause. But, how are we gonna spend the money? Distributing free food articles and planning various schemes? I think we’ve had enough of ‘Yojanas’, about time we created employment. Construction work will ofc be contracted, who’ll hire workers for 3 years’ time, who’ll earn for 3 years and more importantly earned his money rather than been covered by a ‘Yojana’. Those people, if not all, will realize the true monetary value. You’ll see them grow! In addition, the ripple effect it’ll create for those employed to run the museum and the statue will have a reason to work. We need to overcome the traditional ways of addressing poverty, malnutrition. These methods have long failed. Time we looked beyond them. As you must have heard, “Give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

  2. Piyush

    You must be silly enough to assume that the statue alone would cost 2000 crores. The total cost comes from the statue and other buildings such as the memorial, hotel, convention centre, amusement park and research institute. In case you did not notice, the latter ones are very prudent investments and will generate revenue in future(much more than 2000 crores).

  3. Rohan Seth

    @Piyush There is no projection or a sourced article/research to support your hypothesis that they will be prudent investments.

    And I’ve sourced the 2000 crore figure from the official statueofunity website. But you clearly miss the point I make.

    @Yeshu Yes may be we should think of other ways of addressing poverty, malnutrition. But building a statue can’t be one of them

    1. Yeshu Aggarwal

      As far as I know or am aware of, development is the only way of addressing poverty and other issues. Construction industry needs to show positive growth for a nation to develop 🙂

  4. Abe

    the writer writes the articles wholly trusting the report from BS( business Standard) that state money will b used n then to prove it right gives the figure frm the website which jst state the figures bt dint state whether it is frm the state excheqer…n mind u mr. not jst statue bt the entire PROJECT is almost 2500 cr. n what is the problem if it is funded by state money wn it actually is going to help gujarat to b projectd as tourist destination

  5. Rohan Seth

    @Abe Ever heard of a donation of 2500Cr? Ofcourse its going to be from the taxpayer. Again, we differ on principle. You don’t build statues for a state to be projected as a tourist destination. Rather, one doesn’t need to

  6. Gaurang

    Mr Rohan if you have never ever visited any monuments ??? Taj mahal, Kutumb Minar, ?? if thats your principle you should never visit any monuments ever. Statue of Liberty is it right for your? And please let me add if I state is considered to be developing as much as Gujarat can afford this. Last time Gujarat Sarkar spend a lot on Gir forests .Kindly checkout the income to gir forest in last few years. Its business my friend ROI has been calculated way before making plan true. My answer to Allegations you are trying to put saying this is waste of money, and poverty problems. Yeah if you have some other arguments or u can find other good reasons to prove it wrong most welcome ..But this reason isn’t making sense at all.

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