A man-made island of 130,000 sqm will be created in the Arabian Sea 1.5 km from the Bombay coastline to erect a statue of Shivaji, a Maratha king who successfully led a rebellion against the Mughal Empire in the Deccan about 350 years ago, before being defeated by the British who possessed superior arms and war technology at the time.
This statue and its complex is estimated to cost initially about Rs 4,000 crores or USD 626 million and when completed will be the tallest statue in the world. This comes at a time when thousands of hardy farmers have been committing suicide in the Vidarbha region, the heart of the state, out of desperation arising from poverty and indebtedness due to a series of crop failures over the years. Not the first example of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Roland Francis Toronto.