GANDHI STATUE SPARKS CON­TRO­VERSY IN MALAWI AS MANY SIGN PE­TI­TION

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - WORLD -

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.”

Health Min­istry, said 20 oth­ers were wounded in the strike on the Ga­bal Ras area. Hodei­dah, with its key port in­stal­la­tions that bring UN hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, has be­come the cen­ter of con­flict, with ground troops al­lied to the coali­tion strug­gling to drive out the rebels who con­trol it.

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