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India inaugurates world’s biggest statue amid tight security

General view of the “Statue of Unity” portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India. (REUTERS/Amit Dave)

By: Keerthi Mohan

India on Wednesday (31) inaugurated the world’s biggest statue with pomp, fireworks and tight security amid an outcry among local groups over the cost of the 182 metre (600 feet) high reproduction of an Indian independence hero. Activists said about a dozen of their leaders had been detained before prime minister Narendra Modi officially opened the tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with an air force jet flyover, helicopters showering flowers on the statue and fireworks in the green, orange and white national colours. “Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India,” said Modi who hailed Sardar Patel’s…

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