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Gandhi’s Statue at the University of Ghana

As children our mum and dad occasionally went with us to the Plaza Cinema Hall at Mamprobi in Accra on Sundays to watch Indian Films. They were the only films we watched together with them. There was a single exception though when they went with us to watch the Ghanaian film feathering Bob Cole in ‘I Told You So’.

There was no study at school to direct our attention not only to the people of India but also to those of Asia as a whole. This is not to mention lack of concentrated attention on people of other African countries. It was all a colonial programme of placing African people not only in pigeon-holes to divide them among themselves but also from the colonies in Asia.

For as long as both Africans and Asians had access to university studies in the United Kingdom there was always the possibility of these people meeting each other in spite of the segregationist essence of British colonial policy. British segregationist policy all the same had the effect of keeping continental Africans and Asians ignorant of their respective and similar conditions of existence.

The recent rise of a GandhiMustComeDown Movement and its counter-movement in the GandhiMustStand Movement in Ghana recently reflected this age-old mutual ignorance among Africans and Asians. Whereas the former Movement called for the removal of Gandhi’s statue from the main campus of the University of Ghana the latter called for its stay.

This development occasioned emotional and scientific responses. Whereas the former Movement emotionally asked for the statue to be replaced by a Black African hero, who turned out to be connected to academia at the University but not those involved in Africa’s liberation struggles, the GandhiMustStand Movement asked for its retention on the basis of the essential commonality of the anti-neo-colonial struggles of Africans and Asians.

This unprecedented development has led to researches into not only the personality of Mahatma Gandhi but also into the role of Gandhi in the African liberation struggles. On the part of the GandhiMustStand Movement the development has opened up an opportunity to learn about Indo-African relations during and after the anti-colonial struggles. Co-operation at the intellectual level between African and Indian intellectuals might be started as a precursor to an all Afro-Asian collaboration.

One particular Indian, a lawyer and Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and writer, Mr. Anil Nauriya, is unofficially leading the spontaneous movement for Afro-Asian Solidarity in Research. This informal movement is yet to be discussed and elevated into a formal institution that pools the resources of African and Indian as well other Asian intellectuals together to study the history of the two continents with a view to co-operating in finding solutions to their mutual and/or respective challenges in development.

In anticipation of such an Afro-Asian intellectual movement we publish here an expanded version of a paper and other writings published before the recent anti-Gandhi statue erection instigated by some two female Professors of the University of Ghana supported by three lower-ranked male academics which led to the destruction of part of the erected statue. Written by Mr. Anil Nauriya, the first paper deals with Gandhi’s influence on West Africans. Other papers deal with Gandhi’s relations with Africans and Indian Marxists.

In these writings, Anil offers the world with a critical appreciation of the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. He presents Gandhi as a human but not as a god. He traces the stages of transformation in Gandhi’s life. His influences on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and other continental Africans involved in pre-colonial anti-imperialist and post-colonial anti-neo-colonial struggles are also critically discussed by writers like Prof. Dennis Dalton.

Where possible we would add video documentaries and films on the life and works of Gandhi and African leaders. It is our hope that the material published here would help clear the misconceived perceptions of Gandhi as well as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in their theoretical and practical anti-imperialist and anti-neo-colonial struggles across the continents of Asia and Africa, respectively. 

We are here particularly focused on transformational processes across the two continents though the struggles in Latin America and the Caribbean are not neglected.

You may also access Anil’s writings at the following link:


Wishing you and the world of peoples struggling against capitalist imperialism and neo-colonial subjugation and oppression  a happy read for enlightenment and change. 

Lang T.K.A. Nubuor

  1. Anil Nauriya – anil-nauriya-gandhi-and-west-africa-exploring-the-affinities Word

2. Anil Nauriya – anil-nauriya-gandhi-and-west-africa-exploring-the-affinities PDF

3. Anil Nauriya – non-violent_action_and_socialist_radical PDF

4. Anil Nauriya – gandhis_now_little-known_critique_of_the Word

5. Anil Nauriya – gandhis_now_little-known_critique_of_the PDF