That time when India just got independence, we all know that many challenges were swarming around, and our Indian dignitaries worked harder to meet each complex challenge like good governance, economic turmoil, partition, also, then India was consisted of nearly 584 princely states which were into lure of demanding separate nations.
The mere challenge of unifying the princely states was at graveyard with lots of anguish and conflicts and I must admit that we had our fierce nationalist then, a man of principles who never believed in compromising with his core philosophy of ‘nation first’.
His amazing attitude, determination and policy of ‘Saam-Daam-Dand-Bhed’ (friendship, give-and-take, punishment, and divide-and-rule) for achieving his objective. Even Mahatma Gandhi believed that it was only Patel who could take up the challenge of unifying the hundreds of princely states. Reposing confidence in Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi told him, “the problem of the States is so difficult that you alone can solve it”. Such was his resolve and craft that princely states were left with no other option but to merge with India. He was polite to those who were reasonable and willing to play ball. He was tough with those who were reluctant and had their own designs. He did not hesitate in sending army wherever it was necessary. His attitude of binding India has conferred him with title- ‘Iron man of India’
I must admit after passing 70 years of independence and when everything gets stable into pace when hardly anyone spreads the feeling of independent India and remember the great deeds and struggle of our freedom fighters and nationalists who served his life with objectives for nation.
It is appreciable work that our honorable P.M Narendra Modi thought of crafting the memory into ‘Statute of Unity’.
Height of 192 metre at beautiful location is the world’s tallest statue. Perhaps this statue is more relevant though it costs 3000 crores to build it up.
Why it was important to build such statue:
People here are much busy in their self interest work and also our bad fate of corrupt politics who lure their interest from divide and rule that casteism, religion and states get into the blood of people that no one is thinking of unification and brotherhood.
I believe this statue of unity can diminish such useless feeling of dis-unification among people which is really needed when riots are eventually happening now also at different parts of the country.
This is a symbol of teaching unification to our coming generations that would help reminding the dedication and struggle of great people and their efforts for country’s independence which is really essential for a nation to develop.
Designed as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity is open to tourists from 31st oct,2018 its inaugurated day. Located in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the world’s tallest statue (about 600 feet), is just 3.5 km away from Kevadia town and about 200 km from Ahmedabad. For Gujarat tourism, which already has the Great Rann of Kutch and the Gandhi circuit as big attractions, the Statue of Unity is on its way to being added to the list. During the first 11 days of its opening, the monument has already been visited by around 1.3 lakh tourists.
Some Facts you must know:
- Gujarat government promoted Rs 3,000 crore statue as a major tourism destination. On an average, 15,000 visitors are expected daily to the site.
- Since it is double the height of New York’s world famous Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Unity
- To get the best view of the picturesque environs of the Statue of Unity, you will have to shell out Rs 350 per person.
- there are two ways to book your ticket online and on the spot.
- The observation deck ticket takes you to a height of about 400 feet close to the chest of the Sardar Patel statue using high-speed elevators.
- Barring the observation deck, a regular entry ticket costs you about Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids between 3-15 years.
- Entry gates are open from 9 am to 6 pm every day.