Britain should not give aid to India

A British MP criticised India’s 182-metre Statue of Unity of Vallabhbhai Patel as “total nonsense”. Conservative Party MP Peter Bone said, “To take 1.1billion pounds in aid from us and then at the same time spend 330 million pounds on a statue is a total nonsense and it is the sort of thing that drives people mad.” Bone is referring to Britain’s donation of over 1.17 billion pounds (over Rs 9,492 crore) to India as foreign aid in the course of over five years. Though funds were given for various social projects, including women’s rights issues, renewable energy projects, and to encourage “religious tolerance”, the UK MP believes that it wasn’t required as India could have easily afforded money for such projects had it not invested around Rs 3,000 crore on the 2,000-tonne statue.
The Tory parliamentarian added, “It is up to them how they spend their money but if they can afford this statue, then it is clearly a country we should not need to be giving aid to.”
Some of Britain’s Members of Parliament, too, are of the view that if India can afford to spend over Rs 2,989 crore on building the statue of the freedom fighter, which is twice the height of the State of Liberty in the US, Britain should not give funds to India at all.

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