‘Racist’ Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue Removed From University Of Ghana

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Mahatma Gandhi’s statue has been removed from the University of Ghana, after claims that the Indian leader was racist.

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue which was unveiled in 2016 by India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee, was removed after University of Ghana lecturers started off a petition in which they cited passages written by Gandhi claiming that Indians were “infinitely superior” to black Africans.

While Ghana’s government at the time said the statue would be relocated, Lecturers and students told the BBC that the statue, originally located at the University’s recreational quadrangle, had been removed on Wednesday.

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The online protest was one of a number on university campuses in Africa and beyond,  about the enduring symbols of the continent’s colonial past. The head of language, literature and drama at the Institute of African Studies, Obadele Kambon, said the removal was an issue of “self-respect”.

'Racist' Mahatma Gandhi's Statue Removed From University Of Ghana
‘Racist’ Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue Removed From University Of Ghana

The University confirmed this, saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was responsible. Law student Nana Adoma Asare Adei said;

“Having his statue means that we stand for everything he stands for and if he stands for these things [his alleged racism], I don’t think we should have his statue on campus.”

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A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the famed Indian independence leader, has been removed from a university campus in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

University of Ghana lecturers began a petition for its removal shortly after it was unveiled in 2016 by India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The petition said Gandhi was “racist” and African heroes should be put first.

In the wake of the row, Ghana’s government at the time said the statue would be relocated.

Lecturers and students told the BBC that the statue, originally located at the university’s recreational quadrangle, had been removed on Wednesday.

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The university confirmed this, saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was responsible.

Law student Nana Adoma Asare Adei told the BBC: “Having his statue means that we stand for everything he stands for and if he stands for these things [his alleged racism], I don’t think we should have his statue on campus.”

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th Century. He is best known for leading non-violent resistance to British colonial rule in India.

However, as a young man he lived and worked in South Africa, and although he has inspired people throughout the world his comments on black Africans have been controversial.

In his early writings he referred to black South Africans as “kaffirs” – a highly offensive racist slur. He also said that Indians were “infinitely superior” to black people.

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2 thoughts on “‘Racist’ Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue Removed From University Of Ghana

  1. I await the day women take down all the statues of men that were misogynists towards women . That will probably be all of them. Fair is fair. 🙂

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