Does such a statue make sense? Could it make any sense?
It is hard for this enormous expense to make sense in a state where uncountable number of farmers commit suicide.
It is hard for this to make sense in a country where about a quarter of the world’s poverty resides.
It is hard for this to make sense in a country where women’s security forces are highly questionable.
It is hard for this to make sense when we are more concerned about the black money hidden inside of closets, rather than the one overseas. And it is quite ridiculous when we will ignore all this, and structural reasons causing this, and arrest that one person who is not wearing a helmet, or breaks a signal.
The weekend that went by had Prime Minister Modi inaugurate the site where the grand structure would hopefully (not ever) get constructed. The economics of this site can only rest on two things-
The site is expected to attract a large number of tourists, which could only earn any profit in ten years, if a minimum of thousand people visited the site per month, and paid 30,000 per ticket.
Re-instate communal history
The statue would represent the communal history of the people of Maharashtra – which may be a requirement according to some groups. But yet that demand holds no validity in the face of on-going droughts, and financial emergencies of the common people. When Aamir Khan’s Paani foundation helps the farmers of Maharashtra, no one cares about his religion or assumed communal history. In a country where a poor person’s emergencies receive very little attention, anyone willing to help, is welcome.
It is tragic to imagine how far the environment would be destroyed due to such a construction. Literally a small island needs to be built to hold the world’s largest statue. It is a huge architectural load, and an environmental nightmare.
If you want to communicate to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, then sign the petition against this disastrous wastage of wealth, by clicking on the image below: