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Why does Ghana University want to remove Gandhi's statue from it's campus?
Ghana is planning to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the campus of University of Ghana. This comes after a petition was launched by the university professors in September asking authorities to remove the Gandhi's statue because of his racist ideology. The statue was unveiled by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, in June.

The petition that has received more than 1,000 signatures was launched by the professors at the University of Ghana. But the government has made it clear that the removal of the statue would be for it's own safety.

The petition states "it is better to stand up for our dignity than to kowtow to the wishes of a burgeoning Eurasian super power."

But the petitioners do not seem to be satisfied with moving the statue to a different location and want it to be sent back to India.

The online petition at change.org started by Akosua Adomako Ampofo, professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana has cited Gandhi's writings from his period of stay in South Africa in which he has referred to black South Africans as savages and has said that Indians are "infinitely superior" to black Africans. It has also quoted Gandhi as referring to the black South Africans as "Kafirrs."

"How will the historian teach and explain that Gandhi was uncharitable in his attitude towards the Black race and see that we're glorifying him by erecting a statue on our campus?" Ampofo wrote in her petition.

In a statement on the issue, Ghana said "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. 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 added.

The petitioners have demanded that the university rather feature statues of local heroes.

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