Ghana Wants to Move Controversial Gandhi Statue

October 7, 2016

The Ghanaian government wants to remove a statue of Mohandas Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus in response to a petition drive from professors characterizing the Indian independence leader as racist, the Associated Press reported. The petition quotes from writings of Gandhi’s in which he refers to black South Africans as savages.

Ghana’s foreign affairs ministry said the government wants to relocate the statue “to ensure its safety” and expressed concern that the controversy would harm Ghana’s relations with India. "While acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve," the government’s statement said. "He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world."

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