The recent Union Budget allotted 200 crore Rupees ($33 million dollars) to the dubiously named and environmentally problematic Unity Statue. This allocation is in addition to the amount allotted by the Gujarat state government. This is a huge turn back for a party which heavily criticized Mayawati for building statues in Uttar Pradesh.
Today’s post looks at 10 things that cost less than this statue. Women’s safety, climate adaptation and welfare of tribals all rank lower in budget priority. Click here for the full text of the Budget Speech.
Honouring our nation’s past may be important but one can’t help wonder if this is the best way to honour Sardar Patel’s legacy. I would even be willing to wager that the stern and austere Sardar Patel would be the first to recoil from such a garish and expensive display.