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Ghana University students and academics seek removal of Gandhi statue, call him racist

PTI
Published : Sep 21, 2016, 6:44 am IST
Updated : Sep 21, 2016, 6:44 am IST

Some students and academics at the Ghana University are demanding the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, saying he was racist against black people.

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Some students and academics at the Ghana University are demanding the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, saying he was racist against black people.

The Gandhi statue, currently installed in the premises of the varsity, was gifted by President Pranab Mukherjee during his recent visit to Ghana. The students and teachers argue that Gandhi’s reference to black Africans as “kaffir” in some of his early writings reflect his “racist” mindset.

 

The campaign has been led by Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, former director of the Institute of African Studies. The students and teachers have also launched an online petition, asking authorities to facilitate “the removal of the statue of Gandhi” at the earliest.

“How will the historian teach and explain that Gandhi was uncharitable in his attitude towards the black race and see that we’re glorifying him by erecting a statue on our campus ” wrote a professor in the petition. The campaigners have been raising slogans like “Gandhi Must Fall” and “Gandhi For Come Down”.

Professor Ampofo is urging members of the University of Ghana Council to heed her petition, arguing among other things that, Gandhi was racist against black people and honouring him will set a wrong example for students, as per the local media in Ghana.

 

But there have been voices which oppose the demand. Ocqauye, a professor of political science and a lawyer, said a decision to demolish the statue might have implications on ties between Ghana and India. “It will be most unnecessary, and not in the supreme interest of Ghanaians and we must know what serves our interest best,” he said.

Location: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Durban