I am the last person who can be called even remotely "socialist". Abusing jholawalas is in my blood. I am talking of a purely capitalistic principle. Every investment should have a "return". The return is usually monetary, for most investments - but it can take other forms also, such as instilling pride among people, knowledge of history, etc. With this statue, there are two things that you are expecting to achieve as "returns": 1. Tourism revenue: This is a monetary return on investment. If it happens, great - it can only help. But I am quite certain that the baboons who run the tourism departments, the goons in the ASI and other govt. agencies, etc. will just not do anything of the sort. And this is precisely the same reason most PSUs end up as piles of unproductive shit - the babus can't even scratch their arse properly, let alone ensure promote a tourist attraction well, maintain it spic-and-span, and ensure footfalls. Look at the way they treat the Elephenta caves, nearby. Look at all the palaces, temples, forts, caves, sculptures, etc. all over the nation - behold what the baboons are doing to those national treasures. 2. Intangible "revenue": Instilling pride in the people of Maharashtra about Shivaji. This is redundant, really - Shivaji is almost a God out there. Having this statue is not going to increase veneration for him anymore. Second point, about increasing awareness about Shivaji among Indians, and reflecting our history properly - of course that is required!! Will the statue achieve it? I don't think so. Will changes in our textbooks, and having a crop of interesting literature pertaining to our history, achieve it? Yes, I think it will. So, its all about the "RoI", which I feel, is not going to be worth the "investment". Neither tangible monetary returns, nor intangible returns. It has absolutely nothing to do with socialism.