Gandhi's Statue at the DC Indian Embassy Must Come Down

Gandhi's Statue at the DC Indian Embassy Must Come Down

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Fateh Singh started this petition to U.S. Department of State and

Reasons for Removal of Gandhi's Statue:

1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s racist identity:

Below we provide just a few citations from his own writings to illustrate this.

Before Dec. 19, 1894

“A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa. Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir.” ~ Vol. I, p. 193

Before May 5, 1895

“In the face, too, of financial operations, the success of which many of their detractors would envy, one fails to understand the agitation which would place the operators in the same category as the half-heathen Native and confine him to Locations, and subject him to the harsher laws by which the Transvaal Kaffir is governed.” ~ Vol. I, pp. 224-225

Before May 5, 1895

“So far as the feeling has been expressed, it is to degrade the Indian to the position of the Kaffir.” ~ Vol. I, p. 229

Sept. 26, 1896

“Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.” ~ Vol. I, pp. 409-410

Before May 27, 1899

“Your Petitioner has seen the Location intended to be used by the Indians. It would place them, who are undoubtedly infinitely superior to the Kaffirs, in close proximity to the latter.” ~ Vol. II, p. 270

June 1, 1906

“The Boer Government insulted the Indians by classing them with the Kaffirs.” ~ Vol. V, p. 59

Source:  Gandhi and South African Blacks ( http://www.gandhiserve.org/e/cwmg/cwmg.htm )

*(NOTE-The term kaffir is considered a racial slur used in reference to indigenous Black South Africans.) 

Gandhi also campaigned against the efforts of the Dalits, The Black “Untouchables” of India, and for the maintenance of the caste system right up to his death.

2. Protests against statues of Gandhi throughout the world:

There have been protests against Gandhi's statues in Irving, Texas in 2014. According to Gandhism.org, "past protests occurred at Gandhi statues in California in 2013 in the cities of Fresno and Cerritos, in San Francisco in 2011 and 2010, in Flint, Michigan in 2010," in London in 2008 and in 2003 and 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Gandhi lived for 21 years and where he is known for his role in the establishment of the infamous caste-like apartheid system.

We thank you for your attention!

#GandhiMustComeDown Movement  

 

 

 


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[1] Commonly known by his supporters as Mahatma ‘great soul’. We will avoid using the title Mahatma in this write-up and rather use Gandhi’s birth name.
[2] http://www.legonconnect.com/gandhi-in-legon-p-leeeeeeeeeeease/

http://ugfile.com/the-deception-of-mahatmas-iconography-why-ghandimustfall-in-legon/

http://pulse.com.gh/features/mahatma-gandhi-will-gandhi-fall-in-accra-id5233915.html

https://rawgist.com/ug-pull-ghandis-statue-racist/

http://pyrexgh.com/reasons-gandhi-statue-must-taken-legon-campus/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHLIoR9B2m3/

 

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