International Relations Analyst, Irbard Ibrahim has noted that the removal of the Mahatma Gandhi statue from the campus of the University of Ghana will not affect the Diplomatic relations between the country and India.
In his view, the relationship between the two countries is mainly economic and not cultural.
“…I think from the stand point of diplomacy, our relations with India have got limits. Our relations are quite economic but not too much on the cultural level, and so for me I don’t [even] think there is a statue of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in New Delhi”
Speaking on our news analysis programme “Behind the Headlines”, Mr. Ibrahim further warned against taking decisions only of short-term interest.
“…I can’t speak ill of the dead, I don’t know what will be said about me when I’m dead and gone, but one thing is for sure. People die and they have protagonists that write in their favour and people that are antithetical to the ideologies they represented and its quite normal…what I can say is that whatever decision we take as country should be in our long term interest “
Early Wednesday morning, some men, in the company of university security, were seen demolishing the statue of the civil rights leader which stood at the hearts of the university
When UniversNews asked why they were taking it down, they said they had “received an order from above” and could not speak to why or who exactly had given the order.
The statue was ‘donated’ to the University of Ghana by the Indian President Prenab Mukherjee in 2016.
The hashtag #GandhiMustFall trended on social media in Ghana and in South Africa simultaneously, after the unveiling of the Statue by then Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ernest Aryeetey and the Indian President.
However, some Gandhi defenders argued that his actions and work for humanity should outweigh his words and some comments he made against blacks in the past.
On 5th October 2016, the Government of Ghana under President Mahama announced through the Foreign Affairs Ministry that the statue would be relocated.
Story by: Khadijah Latif/universnewsroom.com