Guwahati/ 7th April’2018 (Prag News Desk):
In a recent development of bringing down numerous iconic figures around the world, this time it is Mahatma Gandhi’s statue that faces the ire of African students studying at Carleton University, who have accused the preacher and follower of “ahimsa”, to be an “anti-black racist”.
Kenneth Aliu, president of the Institute of African Studies Student Association (IASSA) is spearheading the campaign and has accused India’s father of the nation, Gandhi of “anti-black racism” and has demanded for the removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue installed at the campus of the Carleton University, which was unveiled officially on 2nd October, 2011 on the eve of Gandhi’s birthday, in collaboration with the Ottawa-based Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council (MGPC), whose objective is to promote education along the principles of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings throughout his lifetime, especially related to peace and non-violence.
The Life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the University campus was donated by the Indian government through the Indian Council of Cultural relations.
While on the other hand Aliu was not available for any comments though he did make a claim through a radio interview, stating that, he started taking the matter in to account only after the 2016 protest at the University of Ghana over a statue of Mahatma Gandhi being unveiled at the campus, which saw a huge outrage among the student body in Ghana.