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Petition launched to remove Ghandi statue from Ghanian University

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A Ghanian professor, Akosua Adomako Ampofo, is leading a campaign for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s father of independence, from the University of Ghana.

Ampofo and a team of professors, on September 12, 2016, launched an online petition which has been sent to the University’s Council presenting their case in which they are contending that the iconic Gandhi who led India’s independence from British rule was racist towards black people.

In their petition, Ampofo, a former director of the Institute of African Studies, highlighted several extracts said to be from Gandhi’s writings in which he referred to Africans as “Kaffir” a derogatory phrase used to describe black people.

The petitioners say a statue of Gandhi sends the wrong signal to the students and the citizens of Ghana.

However, those opposing the move believe there could be diplomatic implications between both nations if such demand is granted.

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