The day Gujarat Government’s much anticipated Statue Of Unity was unveiled, an image made rounds of Internet, causing much disappointment to the Nation’s Tamil community. The image was of a signboard that was put up somewhere near the statue, which featured the name “Statue Of Unity” in several Indian and foreign languages.
Various people on social media pointed out that the Tamil translation of the band on the signboard was incorrect. This naturally angered the Tamil Community.
At first, a top official from the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam, claimed the image to be fake and said that they would never put up a signboard featuring the name of the statue in foreign languages. “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 official had said.
However now, the recent reports suggests that the image was probably real. Gujarat Chief Minister’s official twitter handle had tweeted several images from the inauguration ceremony. Among these, one picture clearly showed the abovementioned signboard with incorrect Tamil translation, in the background. However the tweet was later deleted.
Further, one photograph captured by BBC Gujarati journalist, Tejas Vaidya on 30th October also shows the plaque. Both images, by Tejas Vaidya and Gujarat CMO, shows that the incorrect Tamil text on the signboard has been masked with a semi-trandparent tape, through which it still remains visible. It seems like, somebody had already noticed the mistake on the plaque and tried to cover it before the inauguration day. In which case, the viral image that showed the Tamil letters without any tape, must have been captured a couple of days before 31st October.
The mistake was admitted by the Gujarat government later. “We had outsourced event management works to private agencies. When it was brought to our notice, we immediately blacked it out,” a government official said when contacted by The Hindu, adding that they would put up a new plaque with proper translations soon.