Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, installed in the premises of the Ghana university, will soon be removed from the campus. The statue was gifted to the university by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee when he visited Ghana recently. The protesting students are demanding this calling his identity ‘racist’, and instead of this statue, they want the statues of African heroes and heroines erected on the campus. The teachers of the university are also not happy as they were not consulted before installing the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the premises.
Akosua Adomako Ampofo, professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana, said in an online petition on change.org, “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? The same goes for the human rights lecturer, the International Law lecturer, the Political Science lecturer teaching on apartheid in South Africa.” He has been leading the campaign so far.
Not only this, he has also cited several of the writing of Mahatma Gandhi in which he has called the Africans as the raw ‘kafir’ and the savages. Slogans like “Gandhi must fall” and “Gandhi for come down” are doing the rounds. Ampofo said that Gandhi was racist against black people and honoring him would lead to a negative impact. They have produced a letter by Gandhi which said, “A general belief seems to prevail in the colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or Natives of Africa. Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir.”
At the same time, there are people who have been opposing the demand. A professor of Political Science believes that if the status of Mahatma Gandhi is removed, it will lead to disrupting the relations between India and Ghana. He said, “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.”