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#GandhiMustFall: Two Years After Protests, Gandhi Statue Removed From Ghana’s First University

A disputable Mahatma Ghandi statue in the University of Ghana has been pulled down two years after protests by a group of scholars and supporters who needed the statue removed.

The dissents began three months after the Indian freedom symbol’s statue, given by the Indian government, was disclosed in the fundamental quadrangle of the college’s grounds in Accra.

With the hashtag #GandhiMustFall, the dissents transformed into a development initiated by a previous executive of the college’s Institute of African Studies (IAS), Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, who portrayed the Indian lobbyist as a supremacist whose statue had no place in the Ghanaian college.

“At world class universities, even former bastions of slavery, apartheid and white supremacy, statues and other symbols associated with controversial persons have been pulled down or removed,” read the petition signed by thousands of people including professors of the university.

It detailed several writings of Gandhi and speeches that were racist and also his “campaign for the maintenance of the caste system right up to his death”.

“We are of the view that if there should be statues on our campus, then, first and foremost, they should be of African heroes and heroines, who can serve as examples of who we are and what we have achieved as a people,” it added.

Ghana’s government later agreed to relocate the statue from the university campus “to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy”. The country’s foreign affairs ministry did not state the details of its relocation.

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“Acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve,” the ministry added at the time.

Detail of the removal of the statue from the university after two years is still unknown and local media report that the university security who pulled down the statue only said they had “received an order from above”.

In October, a court in Malawi halted the erection of another Gandhi statue in the commercial capital after local Gandhi Must Fall protesters filed a lawsuit the statue which is part of a $10 million construction deal with the Indian government.

The protesters gave 18 grounds against the statue which was part of a deal to build a convention centre in Blantyre.

Why Mahatma Gandhi is being called racist?

Widely remembered as an influential revolutionary who played a very important role during India’s struggle for independence from Britain, Mahatma Gandhi expressed resentments towards black people and made racist comments in his writing.

After graduating as a lawyer from the prestigious Inner Temple in London, Gandhi moved to South Africa and served as an expatriate lawyer, representing resident Indian communities in their struggle for civil rights.

He spent 21 years in South Africa and just like other people of colour, he suffered his fair share of discrimination. That, however, did not change his views about black people being inferior.

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Written by How Africa

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  1. What we need to remember as Africans is that Gandhi evolved later in life beyond the issue of race as he started to tackle matters on the basis of ideology. In his later life Gandhi fought on the side of equality for all peoples. As Africans we should not get too stuck on the issue of race because in all races there are good and bad people. And rather than waste time and resources fighting the past, these academics should spend time teaching our African children to use their utmost capacity to find solutions to our imminent problems In Africa.

  2. “What we need to remember as Africans is that Gandhi evolved later in life beyond the issue of race as he started to tackle matters on the basis of ideology. In his later life Gandhi fought on the side of equality for all peoples”.
    YES IT IS TRUE WE NEED TO OVE BEYOND THE ISSUE OF RACE BUT AS WE MOVE, WE SHOULD REMEMBER TO STOP THE IDOLATRY OF THOSE WHO PUT OUR RACE DOWN FOR REASONS THE WE ALL KNOW OR CAN IMAGINE.
    “As Africans we should not get too stuck on the issue of race because in all races there are good and bad people”.
    FORTUNATELY WE DON’T MAKE STATUE OF THE BAD ONES, SO WHY A STATUE OF HIM (GANDHI) HOW MANY IRREPROACHABLE, IMMACULATED AFRICANS WE CAN MENTION AND COULD USE THEIR STATUES AS WELL . AFRIKA IS NOT UP FOR SALE FOR ANY VALUE!!!
    “And rather than waste time and resources fighting the past, these academics should spend time teaching our African children to use their utmost capacity to find solutions to our imminent problems In Africa”.
    TEACHING WRONGS OF THE PAST IS PART OF OUR JOBS IN EDUCATING THE NEW GENERATION. Shanna Tyler, be proud of our african heritage. I doubt you are an african and if you are… you are a sold out!!!

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