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Officials say image of signboard with wrong Tamil translation of ‘Statue of Unity’ is fake

Of the ten translations on the signboard, the Tamil one got the most attention. Tamil speakers said that it was 'gibberish'

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Many argued where crores of money can be spent in building the statue little could have been spent to get the translations right.  (Source: Twitter)

The world’s tallest statue, the ‘Statue of Unity’, may have made headlines globally, but one group of people were quite miffed. Tamilians were upset – not with the statue – but a signboard that reportedly featured the name of the statue in several languages. They claimed the Tamil translation of ‘Statue of Unity’ was just ‘gibberish’. The signboard was not to be found during the inauguration on Wednesday.

However, a top official from the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam said that the picture of the signboard featuring the Tamil text was fake. They said no such signage was present at the site or had been pulled down.

“The viral image of the erroneous Tamil translation of the Statue of Unity is a mischievous attempt by someone to tarnish the event that is a grand tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The actual signboard is that of the statue with its logo, stating that is a government of India project,” the official said.

“Neither was there a plan earlier nor will it be in the near future to have signboards in foreign languages as indicated in the pictures. We are not expecting foreign tourists, especially from Russia and Europe. If at all such signboard, it would be in all Indian languages to signify unity of India,” the official said.

On Twitter, however, many criticised the alleged signboard:

The 182-metre high statue was inaugurated Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The article has been updated to include the statement by officials on the image that was shared widely on social media.