Gandhi Statue Removed in Ghana

Prelims level : International organizations/International treaties Mains level : GS 2: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian Diaspora.
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  • A statue of 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 had unveiled the statue of the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra two years ago as a symbol of close ties between the two nations.
  • But lecturers soon began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Mahatma Gandhi claiming that Indians were “infinitely superior” to black Africans.
  • The online protest was one among many on university campuses in Africa and beyond about the enduring symbols of the continent’s colonial past.
  • The other side mentioned that it was removed on the note of ‘self-respect’
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