The statue of #Gandhi was unveiled in June at the University of Ghana campus in #Accra by Pranab #Mukherjee, the president of #India, as a symbol of close ties between the two countries.
But in September a group of professors started a petition calling for the removal of the statue, saying #Gandhi was racist and that the university should put #African heroes and heroines “first and foremost”.
More than 1,000 people signed the petition, which claimed that not only was Gandhi racist towards black #SouthAfricans when he lived in #SouthAfrica as a young man, but that he campaigned for the maintenance of India’s caste system, an ancient social hierarchy that still defines the status in that country of hundreds of millions of people.
Ghana’s foreign ministry said it had followed the controversy with “deep concern” and wanted to relocate the statue.
“The government would therefore want to relocate the statue from the University of Ghana to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy.” it said. “While acknowledging that, human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve.”- The Guardian
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