Opinion: Why Does Statue of Unity Doesn’t Make Sense

Vallabhbhai Patel was a proud Indian and we should honor him for his contribution. He was assigned the task of unifying the princely states under a single democratic nation. And, he played an important role in integrating all the princely state into the sovereign nation of India.

But, Is it really make sense by spending Rs 2,989 crore to build his statue in the name of honoring a great man?

To honor the legacy of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, we should follow his ideology, we should make this country as what he dreamed of. You can only honor his contribution of bringing this country under a single flag by really uniting the people of this country inspite of our believes, languages, religion, caste, and creed. But, our politicians always feed on our differences by dividing us by religion, caste, region, language, beliefs, and creed. This is definitely not what our Iron Man dreamed of.

Building statues are the cheap way of politics and fooling people using their emotions. Sardar Patel Was Completely Against Building Statues and Memorials. He would have been profoundly disappointed at the futility of the so-called Statue of Unity.

A Small Story:

“A great man worked his entire life fighting for Freedom of his people, got the Freedom, united all the people inspite of their differences and made of a great nation with a unity in diversity. He dreamed of this country would eradicate the poverty, and educate every child in this country. Then, he died. After 70 Years, This country became even poorer, no access for education, no hospitals in the rural areas, people are dying with hunger, no employment, people are divided by their pity believes, and hatred between the communities are rising day by day.”

Now, How do you want to honor him and his legacy?

Do you want to honor him by achieving what he worked for, and what dreamed of as a country ? Or,  you want to spend thousands of crores by building his statues, which he was completely against of?

What Do You Know About Sardar Vallabhai Patel?:

  • He is Against Building Statues and Memorials:

Sardar Patel was completely against building statues and memorials. He was very keen in public health and education. In 1921, India had just two public health laboratories – in Pune and in Karachi. Patel set up the third laboratory was set up within Dudheshwar waterworks compound at Shahibaugh.

  • He is Against RSS & BJP Ideology:

Sardar Patel banned the RSS and Hindu Mahasabha and called them as ‘Terrorist’ organizations.

  • He Could Have Never Agreed with BJP Activists Protesting Against Sabarimala Verdict:

Sardar happened to be the first to pitch for removing “sexual disqualification” in the district municipal Act. By this Act, women were barred from contesting elections as per Section 15(1)(C). A resolution was passed in this regard in the Ahmedabad municipality general board on February 13, 1913. Sardar had argued that keeping women out of the elected body was equivalent to eliminating the representation of half of the urban population. In 1926, Section 15(1)(c) was abolished.

India is the world’s fastest-growing economy but it’s also one of the poorest countries in the world.

Some of the horrible statistics every Indian should know about our country:

  • The recent census report identified 13.8 million households— about 64 million people — located in city slums nationwide. That’s 17.4 per cent of all urban households, which account for roughly one-third of India’s 1.2 billion people.
  • As per the most recent Swachhta Status Report in 2015, more than half of the rural population (52.1 per cent) of the country still defecates in open. Even Bangladesh is ahead of us in this field.
  • The World Bank estimates that India is one of the highest ranking countries in the world for the number of children suffering from malnutrition. The prevalence of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world, and is nearly double that of Sub Saharan Africa with dire consequences for mobility, mortality, productivity and economic growth.
  • 170 women die for every 100000 live births during or after child birth due to lack of health facility and knowledge. Even though this no. is declining but still it accounts to about five women dying every hour in India from complications developed during childbirth.
  • Around 5 lac people die every year just because of Tuberculosis every year.
  • India is home of largest population of illiterate adults in world – 287 million, amounting to 37% of the global total.

Stupid Comparisons:

My Take on the above stupid comparisons: United States don’t have the majority population below poverty line. None of those developed countries doesn’t have the thousands of kids dying with nutrition deficiency. We might be calling ourselves as a developing country. But, we are not at all match to the above developed countries in living standards. When you’re taxing people with so many names and collecting people money, you should spend it on the basic needs in a poor country. You can’t feed your country people, you can’t give a proper healthcare, you can’t rise the living standards of your people. But, you want some show up by building huge statues while your country people are dying without food and basic needs.

What is the Rest of the World Says:

A British MP criticised India’s 182-metre Statue of Unity of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as “total nonsense”. Conservative Party MP Peter Bone said, “To take 1.1billion pounds in aid from us and then at the same time spend 330 million pounds on a statue is a total nonsense and it is the sort of thing that drives people mad.”

We are a poor country with worst living standards, and the majority population is not having the basic amenities. We receive thousands of crores as a foreign aid to support the poor people in our country, and we are wasting our own people’s hard-earned money on building statues.

What It Leads To?: More Statues – More Wastage of Public Money

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath likely to announce a 151-metre tall Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya.
  • The Maharashtra state has allotted the tender for construction of the Rs The state has allotted the tender for construction of the Rs2,500 crore plus taxes for the first phase of the project.

Does the Entire Country Shares the Same Opinion?

  • Over 1,500 farmers of four districts – Chhota Udepur, Panchmahals, Vadodara and Narmada – have threatened to drown themselves during the unveiling of the Statue of Unity because they have been waiting 11 years to be paid their dues for sugarcane they sold to a mill that later closed down. The dues add up to Rs 12 crore.
  • Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu said that while the Modi government could spend Rs 2,500 crore to build a statue of Sardar Patel, it could spare only Rs 1,500 crore to build a city, the new state capital in Amravati.
  • Kerala suffered a loss of Rs 8,316 crore in the rain, floods and landslides. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visits Kerala; announces Rs 320 crore relief fund.
  • If this is the Statue of Unity, Where are the other leaders from around the country in inauguration? Where are you showing the Unity?

Modi Govt Spends Rs 4,800 Crore On Advertisements, But Has Only Rs 320 Crore For Kerala Flood Victims

In a closed-minded society, The politicians try to get the support by using religion, caste, statues, idols, and your emotions.

In a open-minded and modern society, The politicians try to get the support by discussing about education, healthcare, development, and policies.

We are a country with majority of people live in Poverty, no hospitals, no schools. And, we don’t have money to support the natural disasters. Yet, we spend Rs 2,989 crore on a single statue, and other statues are on the way.

“I’m worried because our country has lost its way”

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