Mahatma Gandhi's statue removed from Ghana university after massive outcry

07:04 PM | 15 Dec, 2018
Mahatma Gandhi's statue removed from Ghana university after massive outcry
ACCRA - A Mahatma Gandhi statue has been taken off from the campus of the University of Ghana after students and faculty members claimed that the Indian leader considered Africans 'inferior'.

The statue was installed at the university in 2016 but ever since its inception, it stirred controversy and was finally removed in the middle of the night on Tuesday.

Professors at the university launched a petition against the statue shortly after it was first unveiled by India's former President Pranab Mukherjee and it had gained over 2,000 signatures.

Scholars contend that the independence leader held derogatory views towards native communities in South Africa; Gandhi's civil resistance helped sub-continent break the shackles of British colonialism.

Overjoyed students after removal of statue

A 2015 book by two South African writers highlighted the instances where Gandhi complained that Indians were being compelled to use the same separate entrances as Africans, meaning “their civilised habits … would be degraded to the habits of aboriginal natives”.

“About the mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly,” he wrote in a letter in 1904 cited by the scholars who were in favor of removing the statue.

In another piece in 1896 Gandhi wrote: “Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”

Students at the university welcomed the decision to remove the statue arguing that the structure reminded them of their inferiority.

Ghana’s former government was reluctant in removing the structure and had stated that the statue would be relocated in a bid not to affect the ties with India.

Meanwhile, in Malawi efforts are underway to stop another Gandhi statue from being erected in the country’s second city, Blantyre.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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