GANDHI STATUE SPARKS CONTROVERSY IN MALAWI AS MANY SIGN PETITION
BLANTYRE, MALAWI: Over 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence hero had done nothing for the southern African country. The Malawi government says the statue is being erected as part of a deal that will see New Delhi construct a convention centre in Blantyre. “Mahatma Gandhi has never contributed anything to Malawi’s struggle for independence,” a statement from the “Gandhi Must Fall” group said. “We therefore, feel that the statue is being forced upon the people of Malawi and is the work of a foreign power aiming at promoting its image and dominion on the unsuspecting people of Malawi.”
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