Gandhi statue faces backlash from scholar activists

UNITED KINGDOM

Mahatma Gandhi is revered the world over for his non-violent marketing campaign for Indian independence and was nominated 5 occasions for the Nobel Peace Prize. But plans to unveil a statue in his reminiscence in Manchester have sparked a backlash from a scholar chief who claims he was a “virulently anti-black racist”, write Richard Marsden for The Daily Mail and Sophie Tanno for MailOnline.

The nine-foot statue has been donated to the town by the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, a non secular mission based mostly in Gandhi’s ancestral homeland of Gujarat, following the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 22 individuals in 2017. It is because of be unveiled outdoors Manchester Cathedral subsequent month, to “spread a message of peace, love and harmony”.

But Sara Khan, liberation and entry officer on the University of Manchester college students’ union, is behind a marketing campaign to stop the statue being erected. In a letter printed on-line, campaigners “demand that Manchester City Council reconsider this decision on the basis of Gandhi’s well-documented anti-black racism and complicity in the British Empire’s actions in Africa”. The letter says Gandhi “referred to Africans as ‘savages’, ‘half-heathen Natives’, ‘uncivilised’, ‘dirty’ and ‘like animals’, to reference only a few of his vile comments.”
Full report on Mail Online site

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