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National emblem: Ferocious lions' statue on new parliament raises eyebrows


On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bronze cast of India's national emblem on top of the new parliament building with much fanfare.

The 6.5m (21ft 3in)-tall cast shows four Asiatic lions mounted back-to-back on a circular disc.

But the new statue, adapted from an ancient Indian sculpture dating back to 250BC, has raised many eyebrows.

Critics say the lions have been given a makeover and the new "ferocious" look is not their original avatar.

Mr Modi shared a video of the unveiling on Monday morning that showed the cast - weighing 9,500kg (20,943 pounds) - on top of the central foyer of the new parliament building:

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