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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 5 12:08 AM

Nov 5th, 2018 : Tall Indian

India, like the US, has some fabulously wealthy people, and some desperately poor.
It’s hard for me to get my head around building that humongous statue while Mother Teresa’s flock still suffers.
Who in hell do they think they are, Americans?

The controversial Statue of Unity dedicated to India’s first deputy prime minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was unveiled today at a remote corner of India’s westernmost state of Gujarat. Standing 182 meters tall the gargantuan statue is now the tallest in the world surpassing the Spring Temple Buddha in China, which was until now the world's biggest statue at 128 meters. The base upon which the Statue of Unity stands itself is 58 meters tall, taking the total height of the statue to nearly a quarter of a kilometer.

To accommodate the structure, some 185 families, mostly tribal groups with special protected status, were removed from their homes, and those displaced by the project complain that they have not been adequately compensated. Others bemoan the colossal wastage of public money. The bronze-clad Statue of Unity will not even stay tallest for long. In two years time, an even taller statue depicting the 17th-century Marathi ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji will be completed off the coast of Mumbai. This statue will stand 212 meters tall.
What a waste.


Clodfobble  Monday Nov 5 12:04 PM

"Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 5 12:57 PM

Look if you want to travel a couple hundred miles from where most everyone lives.

glatt  Monday Nov 5 01:22 PM

You gotta built them big if you don't want the Taliban or similar groups to be able to blow them up when they come to power.

Gravdigr  Monday Nov 5 04:13 PM

Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
"Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Happy Monkey  Monday Nov 5 06:10 PM

On the height chart, I wonder how they decided whether/how much of the pedestal counts towards the height.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 5 06:51 PM

In the Wiki page of tallest statues the list the height of the statue, the height of the base, and the combined height.
I don't know what would happen if the combined height would change the ranking.

Gravdigr  Monday Nov 5 09:27 PM


Glinda  Monday Nov 5 09:42 PM

Mayhem. Madness. Dogs and cats sleeping together, fer fuck's sake.

Just say "No!"

blueboy56  Monday Nov 5 10:18 PM

Uh, why for so many of them are in Asia?

Diaphone Jim  Tuesday Nov 6 12:10 PM

In answer to all comments: size matters.

Gravdigr  Tuesday Nov 6 03:40 PM

Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
"Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
I just went and 'Tubed Brian Cranston's reading of Ozymandias. Yet again. It's still as awesome as it was the first time.

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