London November 28th: In Wales, there is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi but there is a huge question mark regarding the future of the statue. According to the Welsh government officials,a review had been drawn up from Britain’s colonial and slave-trading history that several memorials need to be rethought of.
According to a report of The Slave Trade and British Empire: An Audit of Commemoration in Wales released this week, a shortlisted sheet has been brought to notice where the commemoration of the respectful war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Robert Clive is yet to be executed. Robert Clive is also referred to as Clive of India, is best known for his role in establishing Britain’s dominion and control in India.
Clive and Churchill have been marked as “persons of interest” and their commemoration procedure has been promoted to the second stage of the review process. The bronze sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi had been inaugurated in Wales at Cardiff Bay in 2017. It was set up to mark the 148th birth anniversary of the greatest leader of the Indian National Movement whose ideas were adopted by people all overall world. Gandhi has been categorized under Category E of the audit which means that the person of interest needs further examination where he has been highlighted by the agitator.
The Audit document notes Gandhi mentioning in a speech of 1896 that the Indian Hindus and Muslims were being degraded by the whites badly “to a level of Kaffir”. This comment of his has been reported to and the conclusion is drawn that Mahatma Gandhi believed that are better than Black Africans and should receive the best treatment.
The Audit document has also stated that Historians cultivated Gandhi’s culpability views and stated that it would have been untimely to expect equality towards the beginning or end of the century Africa or considering that Gandhi had turned a blind eye towards brutality against Black Africans. Nelson Mandela, a renowned personality was inspired by Gandhi’s leadership in India. A similar sculpture of Gandhi is situated in Manchester and Leicester against which Gandhi’s inclusion is linked with several online campaigns.
In 1993, a statue of Gandhi was established in Pietermaritzburg by the famous Desmond Tutu. The campaigns which were against the established were counter-attacked by several campaigns which in favor of the situation. Peter Soulsby, the Mayor of Leicester said in favor of Gandhi that it was a matter of honor and pride for the citizens that the city was able to celebrate and cherish the life and works of Bapu with the help of donors who contributed to the establishment generously.
He added that the city acknowledges the good work of Bapu and his inspirational creation of modern India and set an example to the rest of the world. Peter promised to protect the statue towards the beginning of 2020. Churchill is also under category E as the Audit document stated that he was strongly against Indian Independence in 1943. He was also seen not to take enough action to give assistance to the Bengal famine. Robert Clive is under category A as worked for the African trade.
The Audit of the Welsh government rose up this year in July on account of “Black Lives Matter” campaigns worldwide. The protests included the collapse of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. A report explains that the audit is involved with determining commemorations in the form of street names, statues, and architecture names. The commemorations in some cases were of people involved with slavery and exploitation mainly.