Here’s why Mahatma Gandhi’s statue was removed from Ghana university campus

The freedom fighter, the father of the nation has been forced to leave the premises of a University today. This incident which took place in inside the University of Ghana, has shocked each one who learnt about it. But the main stream media do not seem to be talking about what actually happened there and the prime reason behind the act.

What actually happened was at the premises of the university was, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was forced to be taken down after students and faculty from within the premises protested against it, claiming that India’s ‘Father of the Nation’ was a racist and against the Africans color!

According to reports from the sources, the country’s Government had promised to get down the statue after repeated controversies rose right from the time the statue was unveiled in the university, 2 years ago. But protests were staged; even petition was filed as no action was taken regarding the same. All these revolts ended up in removal of the statue a few days back.

Obadele Kambon, the head of language, literature and drama at the Institute of African Studies, called it is a major victory, given it was an issue of ‘self respect’ for them.

“If we show that we have no respect for ourselves and look down on our own heroes and praise others who had no respect for us, then there is an issue. If we indeed don’t show any self-respect for our heroes, how can the world respect us? This is victory for black dignity and self-respect. The campaign has paid off,” he was quoted.

Speaking to the local media on this topic, a senior Ghanaian MP said,

“In erecting the statue originally, I do not think it was something that went through government and went through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before it got to the University of Ghana for them to erect it. My understanding was that it was something that was done at a very different level…Under normal circumstances, I would have expected that something of this nature which actually cuts across borders would have been initiated.”

There has been a repeated attempt from the Ghana’s former Government to maintain its strong ties of friendship with India. Thus the Government had promised, the statue would be relocated from its place to avoid further controversies. But in-spite of 2 years passed the statue still not been relocated. Campaigners in Malawi are trying to stop another Gandhi statue from being erected in the country’s second city, Blantyre.

Scholars have highlighted evidence in past years showing the revered freedom-fighter, whose theories of civil resistance helped India throw off British colonialism and inspired generations of activists including Martin Luther King Jr, held derogatory views towards native communities in South Africa.

Source: Republic World

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