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Why a Ghanaian University Is Getting Rid of a Statue of Gandhi

The civil rights leader’s legacy is complicated

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OCTOBER 10, 2016

For many people, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi holds saint-like status thanks to his devotion to nonviolent protest and his role in India’s independence from British rule which subjected the subcontinent to centuries of colonization. However, Gandhi was far from perfect. Now, Ghana’s largest university is removing a statue of the Indian leader after a series of protests citing accusations of racism against Gandhi.

The trouble kicked off earlier this year, when the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee gifted the Ghanaian government with a statue of Gandhi, which was soon installed on the grounds of the University of Ghana in the capital of Accra. However, while it was intended as a diplomatic offering, the statue didn’t have quite the intended effect. Shortly after the Gandhi statue appeared on campus, a group of students and teachers began vocally protesting its placement. The reason? Gandhi's statements that called Indians racially superiority to black Africans, Lily Kuo reports for Quartz.

Gandhi is revered around the world for his dedication to nonviolent resistance against colonial powers. Yet, as a young lawyer living in South Africa during the late 1800s, Gandhi repeatedly made public statements where he referred to black Africans as “savages” and “kaffirs”—a racial slur—while claiming that Indians were an inherently better people brought down by mere association, Tekendra Parmar reports for TIME magazine.

“A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa,” Gandhi wrote in an 1893 letter to the parliament of the British Colony of Natal, which is now part of South 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.”

In an online petition asking the Ghanaian government to remove the Gandhi statue, this quote is one of several cited by the protestors that documents Gandhi referring to indigenous South Africans by the racial slur. At the same time, the protestors take issue with the fact that the university currently has no statues or memorials honoring heroes of African descent, the BBC reports.

"There is a misrepresentation of Gandhi by court historians who want to present a largely sanitised and universalist Gandhi; as South Africa's first and foremost anti-apartheid fighter," University of Johannesburg sociologist Ashwin Desai tells Teo Kermeliotis for Al Jazeera. "The truth about the South African Gandhi is uncomfortable. Those who seek to remove the statue of Gandhi have rightly focused on a man who spat on the struggles of Africans in South Africa."

This isn’t the first time Gandhi’s prejudices toward other races has been called into question. Earlier this year, a statue of Gandhi in Johannesburg, South Africa was splashed with white paint during a protest against its placement, and the hashtag #GandhiMustFall has spread amongst some activists on social media, Kermeliotis reports. Even Gandhi’s descendants have acknowledged his problematic views on race, though they have urged protesters to consider their grandfather’s evolution over the years.

In light of the protests, the Ghanaian government announced that it would relocate the statue, both to quell the controversy as well as to prevent anyone from vandalizing it. 

So far, there is no word as to where the Gandhi statue will go. But wherever the statue does end up, a more complex picture of the civil rights leader will follow.

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Mahatma Gandhi's statue removed from Univesity of Ghana after student protest

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India's former president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statue of Gandhi at the University of Ghana in Accra two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations. (Representational Image)
ACCRA: A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans

India's former president Pranab Mukherjeeunveiled the statue to the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations. 

But lecturers soon began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Gandhi claiming that Indians were "infinitely superior" to black Africans. 

The online protest was one of a number on university campuses in Africa and beyond about the enduring symbols of the continent's colonial past. 

The Gandhi statue on the university's Legon campus in Accra appeared to have been removed overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, students and lecturers said. 

The head of language, literature and drama at the Institute of African Studies, Obadele Kambon, said the removal was an issue of "self-respect". 

The university authorities refused to comment while an official at Ghana's foreign affairs ministry said only: "It's an internal decision by the university." 

Ghana's former government had said the statue would be relocated "to avoid the controversy... becoming a distraction from our strong ties of friendship" with India. 

Though Gandhi is more commonly remembered for his non-violent resistance to British colonial rule in his native India, his legacy in Africa is more mixed. He lived and worked as a lawyer in South Africa from 1893 to 1915. 

 

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Gandhi statue removed after student protest in Ghana

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A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans.

India's former president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statue to the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations.

But lecturers soon began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Gandhi claiming that Indians were "infinitely superior" to black Africans.

The online protest was one of a number on university campuses in Africa and beyond about the enduring symbols of the continent's colonial past.

 
 

The Gandhi statue on the university's Legon campus in Accra appeared to have been removed overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, students and lecturers told AFP.

The head of language, literature and drama at the Institute of African Studies, Obadele Kambon, said the removal was an issue of "self-respect".

"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," he said.

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"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."

Student Adelaide Twum said the move was "long overdue". "I'm so excited. This has nothing to do with diplomatic ties," she added.

Another student, Benjamin Mensah, said: "It's a massive win for all Ghanaians because it was constantly reminding us of how inferior we are."

The university authorities refused to comment while an official at Ghana's foreign affairs ministry said only: "It's an internal decision by the university."

Ghana's former government had said the statue would be relocated "to avoid the controversy... becoming a distraction from our strong ties of friendship" with India.

Campaigners in Malawi are currently trying to stop a statue of Gandhi going up in the capital Blantyre, also arguing that he used racial slurs against black people.

Though Gandhi is more commonly remembered for his non-violent resistance to British colonial rule in his native India, his legacy in Africa is more mixed.

He lived and worked as a lawyer in South Africa from 1893 to 1915.

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“Racist” Gandhi Falls in Ghana as University Topples Statue Donated by
India
December 15, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Accra, Ghana: Ghanaians made history this week when they tore down a statue of Indian icon Mohandas Gandhi.
Installed on the University of Ghana campus in June 2016 during a state visit by then Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, the statue immediately provoked outrage
from students and faculty who protested that Gandhi was racist towards black Africans. Pointing to the 21 years that Gandhi spent working as an attorney in South
Africa, they claimed he repeatedly made racist remarks, campaigned for racial segregation, and even volunteered to participate in a war against African freedom
fighters. In the words of Dr. Obadele Kambon, a professor at the university’s Institute of African Studies, “The start of institutional apartheid there in South Africa
was because of Gandhi.”
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In October 2016, the government agreed to remove the statue. However, the Ghana Gandhi statue remained in place until December 12, 2018, when, according to
sources at the university, it was toppled “somewhere after 9AM.” Pictures of the removal show workers tethering ropes to the statue to pull it down as the base
cracks away from the pedestal on which it stood. News reports indicate that the statue was taken to the Republic of Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its final
resting place remains unknown.
University of Ghana Gandhi statue (left); Dr. Obadele Kambon stands triumphant on the
empty pedestal (right)
“We hope this Gandhi statue will be relegated to the rubbish bin,” says Arvin Valmuci, a spokesperson for Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI). “From this
point in history, Gandhi’s visage should only ever be displayed to tell the story of the suffering of the African people, expose the villains, and commit ourselves to
never again countenancing such criminal acts of prejudice as were perpetrated by this ardent racist. This is a truly historical moment. We will not stop pushing
until the #GandhiMustFall movement goes global and we see Gandhi’s statues toppling on every continent.”
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Signs at October 2016 protest against Davis, California Gandhi statue reference Ghana
Gandhi statue
Commenting on the removal of the statue, Dr. Kambon remarks, “This is part of a greater movement for black dignity and self-respect throughout the world. The
same as the National Anthem protest in the U.S., the same as #RhodesMustFall in South Africa and Oxford, the same as the protests of black students who are
beaten and stabbed daily there in India by those who consider themselves upper-caste Indo-Aryans.”
With hope in his voice, Kambon adds, “Black self-respect is on the rise. In addition to that, what this means is that we have more people who care about black
dignity and black self-respect than those who would like to trample on our dignity and self-respect.” However, he suggests the struggle continues as he references
“our colleagues there in Malawi, who did a court injunction” against a proposed statue in the Malawian city of Blantyre.
The Malawi Gandhi statue, which has not yet been installed, has also provoked outrage. Soon after learning of the proposed statue, Malawians launched a petition
opposing it and, in October, filed a lawsuit to block its installation. A high court in Malawi granted an injunction prohibiting construction from continuing until
Judge Michael Tembo reaches a final decision. His decision is expected sometime this month.
In a statement issued by the #GandhiMustFall Movement in Malawi, activists opposing the statue said, “We want to congratulate the #GandhiMustFall Movement
in Ghana for successfully removing the statue of Gandhi. In 2016, the government of Ghana through a petition agreed to remove the statue of Gandhi from the
premises of Ghana University. Two years later, the statue of Gandhi was still standing until today — 12th December! We hope the Malawi government will also
follow suit to banish the racist and irrelevant statue of Gandhi in Malawi.”
Pieter Friedrich, an analyst of South Asian affairs, thinks there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the issue of Gandhi’s statues. “These statues have been
used as propaganda tools by the Indian State for decades,” says Friedrich. “The combination of Gandhi’s self-promotional autobiography, glamorization of Gandhi
by the Congress Party, and mythologizing of Gandhi by Hollywood created an ahistorical, saintly, and white-washed figure that the Indian government loves to use
a mask to conceal its atrocious human rights record. People look at India, think of Gandhi, and then think of peace instead of looking at India and thinking of caste,
torture, or pogroms against minorities. Deconstructing the mythical Gandhi is central to exposing the truth about human rights conditions in modern India.”
Bhajan Singh, the founding director of OFMI, says the human rights advocacy group initiated some of the earliest protests against Gandhi after reading books by
G. B. Singh, a former colonel in the U.S. Army. “It was Gandhi: Behind the Mask of Divinity and Gandhi Under Cross-Examination, books by Col. Singh, which
first ignited this crisis that has now developed into a global agitation,” says Singh. “Since 2010, OFMI has staged protests against Gandhi statues. We have stopped
installation of several proposed statues, but the statue in Ghana is the first one ever to be removed.”
Singh was joined by a number of other demonstrators at a protest in San Francisco on October 2, 2010, which marked Gandhi’s 141st birthday. As reported by The
San Francisco Chronicle:
A group billing itself as the Organization for Minorities of India plans to protest today to demand the removal of the bronze statue of Mohandas Gandhi that
has sat in the plaza behind the Ferry Building since 1988.
Up until this point, about the only adversity the statue has faced has been people swiping the trademark circle-rimmed eyeglasses (at least four times) and the
indignity of a roosting seagull or pigeon.
But the group – which says it was formed four years ago to publicize the oppression of Christians, Buddhists, Dalits, Muslims, Sikhs and other Indian
minorities considered to be on the lowest rungs of the Hindu caste system – says Gandhi was a racist who harbored violent urges.
“The popular image of Gandhi as an egalitarian pacifist is a myth,” Bhajan Singh, one of the organizers, said in a statement. “We plan to challenge that myth
by disseminating Gandhi’s own words to expose his racism and sham nonviolence.”
The group plans to present Ferry Building management with a demand to remove the statue and ask for it to be replaced with one of either Martin Luther King
Jr. or low-caste Dalit leader B.R. Ambedkar.
In an interview with MyJoyOnline TV, Dr. Kambon offered extensive comments explaining Ghanaian opposition to Gandhi:
When the government said that they would take the statue away, it was clear that it was a move to make everything die down because people were very
incensed and angry about this. Some even took [Gandhi’s] spectacles. When I looked a few weeks ago, someone had thrown mud at this statue. So in terms of
the timing, we haven’t got any communication from the government or the university about why now. So I’m not equipped to answer that question.
But all I can say is that I’m very happy that this is taking place right now because what this means is a triumph of black dignity and self-respect over those
who don’t care about any of those things.
Gandhi duped many great people, as a matter of fact, because it was until 1999 or thereabouts that all of his collected writings were available. So he was
writing in Hindi, he was writing in his native Gujarati, in addition to what he wrote in English — the autobiography and things of that nature. So all of these
people who say, “oh, wow, he is so great” — you have to put him in context of who was he in relation to black people and in relation to African people.
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Who he was is that he was someone who fought against the Zulus. He was someone who fought for apartheid and the separation of the post office and the
telegraph office there in Durban. He was someone who was called there in India as the worst enemy of the Dalits by Dr. Ambedkar — so the Dalits are the
black Untouchables of India.
So this is someone who we have to understand that, even if he was great for his own people — meaning the upper-caste Hindus — that he was someone who
was terrible to black people throughout his entire life. Both during his time in South Africa and then when he went to India he fought tooth and nail against the
aspirations of the Dalits — the black Untouchables of India. Which is why to even this day, black people, African people, Nigerians, Ghanaians are there and
they are beaten every day. There was a Congolese man who was beaten to death in broad daylight in India. Why? Because he gets the same treatment as the
indigenous black Dalits of India.
So this is something that we have to understand. There’s a saying that, if a lie takes a thousand years to go on a journey, truth will catch up to that lie in a die.
So all of these lies about Gandhi get proliferated just because people didn’t know. If you mention Mandela, if you mention Martin Luther King, if you mention
Nkrumah Kwame — all these people didn’t have the opportunity to research and read his words about black people in his early life and his later life and the
consistency of it. If they had that opportunity, they would have taken a different stance.
But myself, as a researcher, I am a research coordinator of African Studies, so I’m paid by the Ghanaian people to do research. I’m not guessing about Gandhi,
I’m not guessing about what he stood for. I’ve read his works. I’ve read all of these different collected works of Gandhi, and books on him, and what Dr.
Ambedkar said about him in What Gandhi and the Congress Have Done to the Untouchables. So me, I’m very well-informed. So anyone who has this
information and comes to a different conclusion, it means that they don’t mean well for black people. But most people just are uninformed and they do not
know.
He did good things, if you want to call them good, for his upper-caste. When he wrote to the British, he said that the Indo-Aryans come from a common stock
and that they are partners in the colonization of black people. This is what he stood for. He stood for his caste, the Bania caste, which is those who are the
traders, which is a sub-group of the Vaishyas.
But we have to again understand this. It’s not only what he said or what he wrote. He actually was a Sergeant-Major fighting against the Zulus in a war in
which thousands and thousands of Zulu people were killed. He wanted to get guns. He agitated to get guns. It was only that the British didn’t consider him to
be good enough to get the guns.
So we have to understand not only the words but his actions. Look at how he argued in order to separate the post office and the telegraph office there in
Durban. How many people are aware that he did that? This is really, when we think about it, you can look at this as the start of institutional apartheid there in
South Africa was because of Gandhi. He wanted a different entrance so he wouldn’t have to go through the same entrance as the Kaffir.
What he did, he did for his caste and he did for Indo-Aryan people.

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‘Racist’ Gandhi statue finds new home in Accra

 

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The controversial Mahatma Gandhi statue, which was forced off the University of Ghana campus after debate and protest, has found a new home.

Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry will today, Wednesday relocate the statue of India’s independence hero to the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT at Ridge in Accra.

A short ceremony will be held at the centre on Wednesday in collaboration with the High Commission of India.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was removed from the Univesity of Ghana campus in December 2018 after two years of agitation by students and lecturers.

Lecturers of the university started soliciting signatures for a petition for its removal after it was unveiled in 2016 by India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The petition held that the Gandhi statue was a racist symbol and that African heroes should be put first.

“The University of Ghana seeks to be a world-class university. 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,” the petition said.

Concerns over diplomatic relations

At the time, Ghana’s former High Commissioner to India and now Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye, described demands for the removal of the statue as unnecessary.

He was concerned with the implications of the protests on diplomatic ties between Ghana and India.

“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. Some people in India wanted diplomatic relations to be broken in Ghana over the way we sometime back spited them, but caution prevailed and they kept their cool to show that they understand diplomacy and the ups and downs of international relations and today the relationship is a bit better and we look forward to it being better still.”

He also called for more tolerance of divergent views, saying that is the hallmark of academia.

But Vice Chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, ruled out a possible diplomatic row saying the erection of the statue was conducted at the lower levels of diplomacy, and would not disrupt Ghana-India relations.

Mahatma Gandhi is normally known for leading non-violent resistance to British colonial rule in India ahead of the country’s independence on August 15, 1947.

But before then, when he worked in South Africa, he is cited as having made racist comments about black Africans.

In his early writings, he referred to black South Africans with the racist slur “kaffirs”.

The lecturers’ petition highlighted a number of these racist comments like when he said in 1894: “A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the 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.”

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Ma ku Mbôngi, ka matômbulawanga za ko. "The community's political institution does not borrow foreign dialects to discuss its political matters or to educate its' members" – Kikôngo proverb “The history of Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians connect it with the history of Egypt [...] The African historian who evades the problem of Egypt is neither modest or objective, nor unruffled, he is ignorant, cowardly, and neurotic.” – Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality "African champions must break the chain that links African ideas to European ones and listen to the voice of the ancestors without European interpreters." – Jacob Carruthers, Mdw Ntr
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‘Relocation of Gandhi’s statue an end to misguided campaign’ – Indian High Commissioner

Relocated Ghandi Statue 1Relocated Gandhi’s statute at the Kofi Annan ICT centre

 

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The India High commissioner to Ghana, H.E Singh Yadav says the relocation of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue marks an end to misconceived perception about the legacy of the Indian freedom fighter.

According to him, Gandhi’s ideas influenced several freedom fighters across the world in attaining their goals.

The controversial Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, which was forced off the University of Ghana campus after debate and protest, has now been relocated to Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT.

Speaking at a ceremony to unveil Gandhi’s relocated statue, H.E Singh Yadav further indicated that Gandhi’s ideas had been the basis of some recent solutions to problems facing the world.

“We are confident that the relocation of the statue to a prestigious location in Ghana will bring an end to what was a misguided campaign about certain writings of Mahatma Gandhi. The contribution of Mahatma Gandhi to India’s freedom which subsequently inspired numerous African countries to throw away the yoke colonialism is immeasurable.

“His path of truth and non-violence and his empathy for the oppressed and downtrodden, have since been emulated and admired by many great leaders of the world, especially in Africa, like Nelson Mandela, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkrumah and may others. It is therefore important that during the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we see Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution in proper perspective”, he added.

Gandhi must fall campaign 

Last December, the University of Ghana finally pulled down the statue of India’s independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi, erected at the University’s recreational quadrangle.

This was after some students and lecturers of the University had for over two years called for the removal of the statue because of his “racist identity”.

Lecturers of the university started soliciting signatures for a petition for its removal after it was unveiled in 2016 by India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The petition held that the Gandhi statue was a racist symbol and that African heroes should be put first.

Concerns over diplomatic relations 

At the time, Ghana’s former High Commissioner to India and now Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye, described demands for the removal of the statue as unnecessary.

He was concerned with the implications of the protests on diplomatic ties between Ghana and India.

“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. Some people in India wanted diplomatic relations to be broken in Ghana over the way we sometime back spited them, but caution prevailed and they kept their cool to show that they understand diplomacy and the ups and downs of international relations and today the relationship is a bit better and we look forward to it being better still.”

He also called for more tolerance of divergent views, saying that is the hallmark of academia.

About Gandhi 

Mahatma Gandhi is known for leading non-violent resistance to British colonial rule in India ahead of the country’s independence on August 15, 1947.

But before then, when he worked in South Africa, he is cited as having made racist comments about black Africans.

In his early writings, he referred to black South Africans with the racist slur “kaffirs”.

Ma ku Mbôngi, ka matômbulawanga za ko. "The community's political institution does not borrow foreign dialects to discuss its political matters or to educate its' members" – Kikôngo proverb “The history of Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians connect it with the history of Egypt [...] The African historian who evades the problem of Egypt is neither modest or objective, nor unruffled, he is ignorant, cowardly, and neurotic.” – Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality "African champions must break the chain that links African ideas to European ones and listen to the voice of the ancestors without European interpreters." – Jacob Carruthers, Mdw Ntr
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