Gandhi Statue Debate I support the fall of Ghandi - Ras Mubarak

The call for the removal of the statue of Mahatma Ghandi from the University of Ghana, Legon, began months after the Indian President Prenab Mukherejee gifted the statue to the school.

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National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirant for the Kumbungu constituency Abdulai Mohammed Mubarak popularly known as Ras Mubarak has joined in the remove Ghandi campaign.

The call for the removal of the statue of Mohandas Karmachand widely known as Mahatma Ghandi from the University of Ghana, Legon, began months after the Indian President Prenab Mukherejee gifted the statue to the school.

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The campaign dubbed “Ghandi Must Fall” and “Ghandi for Come Down” was started by a number of professors, students, alumni and some Ghanaians with Prof. Akosua Adomako as its leader has petitioned the authorities of the school to that effect.

This action inspired by the Rhodes Must Fall movement started by South African students and led to the felling of the statue of many colonialist and apartheid supporters including that of Cecil Rhodes on the campus of the University of Cape Town in 2015.

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According to them, Ghana cannot keep a statue of an “inherent racist” who stood against Africans at that time.

Ras Mubarak took to his Facebook timeline and wrote "I support fully calls for the removal of the statue of Ghandi from the University of Ghana campus. I can’t as a proud African, glorify anyone who makes the following derogatory comments about Africans."

“Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon by Europeans who desire to degrade us to the level of raw kaffir (derogatory term for African) whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife and then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”

“We can’t as proud Africans glorify a man who talked down the African. Here’s one of the racist comments he made against a dehydration sought to be inflicted on upon us by Europeans who desired to degrade us to the level of raw Kaffir (Africans) whose sole occupation was hunting and to buy a wife with a certain number of cattle and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness”, # Ghandi for come down, he noted.

The University of Ghana has said in an interview with Pulse Ghana it would consider the petition, and that it encouraged intellectual debate.

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