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Gov’t To Relocate Mahatma Gandhi Statue

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that it will move the Mahatma Gandhi statue from the University of Ghana campus to ensure its safety.

A statement issued on Wednesday, October 5, described as unfortunate verbal attacks and allegations of Mahatma Gandhi being a racist and not worth honoring with a statue.

This comes after the statue was defaced by some unknown persons.

The statement also comes after a group of Ghanaian academics, students and artists called for the removal of the statue from the university campus, saying that the leader of India’s independence movement was racist towards black people.

The statue of Gandhi, who spent 21 years (1893-1914) in South Africa and fought for the rights of Indians living there, was erected at the University of Ghana in mid-June during a visit to the country by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

In an online petition, professors at the university cited a series of Gandhi’s own writings during his time in South Africa to illustrate his “racist identity”.

But the Foreign Affairs statement added that the comments are an “attack on an Indian Nationalist Hero and icon who is revered and cherished by over one billion people who are either citizens of India or persons of Indian decent.”

The statement added that agitations over the statue could cause disaffection for Ghanaians across the world.

“The University was not compelled by government to accept the statue…while acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.”

“The government would, therefore want to relocate the statue from the University of Ghana to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy on the Legon Campus being a distraction of our strong ties of friendship that has existed over the years.

“To this end, the Ministry is urging Ghanaians to look beyond the comments attributed to Mahatma Gandhi and acknowledge his role as one of the most outstanding personalities of the last century who demonstrated that non-violent,” the statement concluded.

Source:  radioxyzonline.com

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