Contrary to renouned belief, Mahatma Gandhi wasn’t always about assent and love. The world-renowned face of a non-violent Indian liberty transformation also believed in racial segregation in South Africa and that Indians were higher to black people.
The petition, addressed to members of a University of Ghana council, listed 6 extremist quotes and excerpts from Gandhi’s collected works.
One of a quotes enclosed a letter Gandhi sent to former Prime Minister of England Neville Chamberlain in May 1899, claiming that Indians were higher to “kaffirs,” an secular offence for black South Africans. Ironically, Gandhi was vital in South Africa to quarrel anti-Indian taste during a time.
“Your Petitioner has seen a Location dictated to be used by a Indians. It would place them, who are positively forever higher to a Kaffirs, in tighten vicinity to a latter,” Gandhi complained.
The petition also pronounced a University of Ghana has no statues of black African heroes on campus.
“Why should we uplift other people’s ‘heroes’ during an African university when we haven’t carried adult a own?” it read. “We cruise this to be a slap in a face that undermines a struggles for autonomy, approval and respect.”
Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement explaining they will be relocating a statue “to safeguard a safety.” The matter claimed students were enchanting in a “verbal attack” on Gandhi.
“The hapless written conflict on Mahatma Gandhi is effectively an conflict on an Indian Nationalist Hero and idol who is worshiped and loving by over one billion people who are possibly adults of India or persons of Indian decent,” a matter said.
The Gandhi statue was given to a oldest university in Ghana by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in Jun to “symbolize loyalty between a dual countries.”
Despite Gandhi’s change in a Indian liberty movement, Indian writers today, particularly Arundhati Roy, still have serious reservations about a anti-colonial activist’s secular politics and alleged embrace of India’s standing system.
“The story of Gandhi that we have been told, is a lie,” Roy pronounced in a Jul 2014 debate she gave during a University of Kerala, according to the Hindu. “It is time to betray a few truths, about a chairman whose doctrine of nonviolence was formed on a acceptance of a many heartless amicable hierarchy ever known, a standing system.”