A Statue of “Racist” Mahatma Gandhi Removed From the University of Ghana Following Student Protests

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Students and faculty at the University of Ghana in Accra had their cries heard today, as a controversial statue of the late Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi was removed from campus last week.

Several professors and students demanded the statue be taken down due to Gandhi’s well-documented racism towards Africans. According to BBC Africa, India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statute in 2016 as a symbol of the strong ties between the two countries.

Shortly after, professors organized a petition, citing racist passages that Gandhi had written in which he called Indians “infinitely superior” to black Africans. Gandhi lived and worked in South Africa between 1893 and 1914.

The petition urged the university to put African heroes “first and foremost” instead.

 

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