Some students and academics of the Gana University in West Africa have demanded the removal of Mahatma Gandhi statue, saying he was racist against black people.
PTI reported that the protestors argue that Gandhi’s reference to black Africans as “kaffir” in some of his early writings reflected his ‘racist’ mindset. The statue, which was gifted by President Pranab Mukherjee during his recent visit to Ghana, was installed in the premises of the varsity.
They have also started an online petition ‘Gandhi’s Statue at the University Of Ghana Must Come Down’,asking authorities to facilitate the removal.
The campaign has been led by Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, former director of the Institute of African Studies.
“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. Till now, 1,061 supporters have signed the petition.
However, there are others who are opposing this demand.
Ocqauye, a professor of political science and a lawyer, said a decision to demolish the statue might have implications on diplomatic ties between Ghana and India. “It will be most unnecessary, most uncalled for and not in the supreme interest of Ghanaians and we must know what serves our interest best,” he said.