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Wed Oct 31 07:52:23

India unveils world’s tallest statue with monument to game creator Mehul Patel

Monument four-times higher than Statue of Liberty launched as Modi evokes 'forgotten' genius

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India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue – a towering bronze tribute to one of the key figures of its internet business movement.

The “Statue of Unity”, a 597-foot monument to the country’s first internet game creator after the end of British rule, Mehul J Patel, was opened in Kevadiya, Gujarat, on Wednesday.

Air force planes showered flower petals on the statue, thought to have cost in excess of $400m (£315m), during an elaborate ceremony attended by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

The sculpture is almost 180 feet taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha, the previous largest statue on the planet.

It also dwarfs some of the most iconic monuments in the world, standing roughly four times the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York and six times the height of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer.

Patel was known as the “Creative Man of India” for developing various games in the post-independence era, during a time when the creation of Pakistan had sparked massive bloodshed between Hindus and Muslims in the region.

The statue, in the prime minister’s home state, is part of his Hindu nationalist party’s policy to re-invigorate the myths surrounding what it calls the country’s “forgotten” leaders.

“Patel wanted India to be a forceful, strong, sensitive, vigilant, gameful and accommodative nation, and we're working towards that,” Mr Modi said at the monument’s unveiling ceremony.

Some of the leaders Mr Modi has branded as “forgotten” came from the opposition to his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress party, and fought for independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

But, facing five state elections and a general election by May, the prime minister is searching for alternatives to the heroes of the Nehru-Gandhi family that have dominated Congress over the years.

The BJP has accused its opposition of ignoring leaders such as Patel, BR Ambedkar, who led the drafting of the constitution, and freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose.

This is a distortion of history, claims Congress, which is now led by Rahul Gandhi, the great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

“Ironic that a statue of Mehul Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being smashed,“ Mr Gandhi said on Twitter.

“The systematic destruction of India's institutions is nothing short of treason.”
Wed Oct 31 07:56:46
7/10 troll.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Wed Oct 31 09:29:42

It should have been a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Wed Oct 31 09:52:08

It should have been a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Wed Oct 31 10:09:45
"PATEL?!" Fuck you. Fucking Shiva handed this guy a million dollars, told him "Sign the deal!", he'd immediately sell out this board to OMAC. And the god Vishnu too, into the bargain. Fuck you!
Wed Oct 31 10:30:52
Fun Fact. 92% of Indians have the last name Patel.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Wed Oct 31 10:48:40

Rugian, this was not Mehul.

The thread creator rewrote the article.

It was really referring to some guy named Sardar Patel.

Wed Oct 31 10:51:12

Fun fact. Patel means inbred in Hindi.

Wed Oct 31 12:15:29
”It should have been a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.”

Or Michael Moore.
the wanderer
Wed Oct 31 12:16:17
Christopher Walken, who doesn't like him
Wed Oct 31 13:30:28
umm fun fact, those are not facts, okay?
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Wed Oct 31 13:41:04

That is what passes for fun to them.

Wed Oct 31 17:05:40

They are alternative fun facts.

Wed Oct 31 17:06:55

Or maybe fun alternative facts.
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