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dateline: 31 October 2018

India Unveils World’s Largest Statue

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • inauguration: a ceremony marking or celebrating a new thing or event
  • remote: not close to a big city or hub
  • unify: to bring together
  • drone: an unmanned flying machine
  • deter: to try to prevent the occurrence of something

India Unveils World’s Largest Statue

Thousands of police officers were sent out to the world’s largest in advance of its official inauguration in India this week. The statue of Sardar Patel, named the Statue of Unity, stands 182 metres high in a remote part of Gujarat state. Patel, the first deputy prime minister of India, is celebrated for unifying the nation after its in 1947. In addition to the heavy police presence, drones and helicopters flew over the to watch for and deter protesters. The Statue of Unity is controversial because nearly 200 families were forced to leave their land in order to for it. India’s new statue took over four years to build and is more than twice the size of America’s Statue of Liberty.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was Sardar Patel?
  2. Why is the Statue of Unity controversial in India?
  3. Why does the report mention the Statue of Liberty?

Discussion Questions

The local government claims that the displaced people were given money or new land. Is there any fair compensation for losing one’s ancestral land? How do you think Sardar Patel would have felt about this?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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