Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity Named as 'Eighth Wonder of World'? Here's a Fact-Check
Image of Statue of Unity - honouring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel | (Photo Credits: statueofunity.com)

New Delhi, January 13: Scores of Indian netizens took to social media to claim that the 182-metre Statue of Unity, based in Gujarat, has been named as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". A fact-check has revealed that their claim is incorrect, as the structure honouring India's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has not been included in the Wonders of the World list. Statue of Unity, World’s Tallest Statue, Faces Seepage Issues at Viewing Gallery, Watch Video.

The Statue of Unity has, instead, been included in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s "8 wonders of SCO" list. The SCO refers to a grouping of eight nations, including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan. The statue of Sardar Patel has featured among eight top structures located in the above nations.

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The official Twitter handle of Statue of Unity had, earlier in the day, announced that the structure has been honoured by the SCO -- which has included it among the list of eight wonders among the member nations. Externals Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had expressed rejoice on social media, saying, "Appreciated the #SCO’s efforts to promote tourism among member states. The “8 Wonders of SCO”, which includes the #StatueofUnity , will surely serve as an inspiration," he said.

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The list of "eight SCO wonders", apart from Sardar Patel's statue in India, includes the following: Navruz Palace in Tajikistan, the Tamgaly Gorge in Kazakhstan, the Daming Palace in China, Po-i-Kalan complex in Uzbekistan, Lahore - the Mughals Heritage in Pakistan and the Golden Ring of Russia.

Meanwhile, the 'Wonders of the World' list include seven monuments -- which were listed through a poll conducted in 2007 by the New7Wonders Foundation. The elite list includes India's Taj Mahal, apart from Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, The Roman Colosseum in Rome and Petra in Jordan.

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Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity Named as 'Eighth Wonder of World'? Here's a Fact-Check
Claim :

Statue of Unity named as 'Eighth Wonder of World'

Conclusion :

Fake news. Sardar Patel's statue has instead been named in 'List of 8 SCO Wonders'

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