WorldViews: India’s new budget includes $34 million to build the world’s tallest statue. Not everyone is happy.

By Adam Taylor, July 10, 2014

India has just presented its annual budget, which contains measures that seek to encourage growth and limit the deficit.

But one detail in the budget has struck many as incongruous with that plan: The equivalent of about $34 million (2 billion rupees) has been set aside to help build a statue. That's certainly not chump change. And, amazingly, that may not be enough: Scroll India reports that the proposed budget for the statue is actually about $415 million.

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