A recent campaign called #GandhiMustFall culminated in the taking down of a Gandhi statue in the University of Ghana. The campaign rests on the claim that Gandhi was a racist, as evidenced by some remarks he made while in South Africa, and has generated considerable debate. I will argue that this debate has ignored the testimony of African Americans who made contact with Gandhi and studied his work. The relationship and conversation of Gandhi and many African-American personalities both challenge the claim that Gandhi was a racist, but also require that we re-examine the conceptual foundations on which these claims are made.
Dr Archishman Raju (अरररष्मा रमजू) holds an Honours degree in physics (St Stephens, 2013) followed by an AM and PhD in physics from Cornell University in 2018. Currently, he is an Independent Fellow at Rockefeller University, New York, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, working on the interface of physics and biology. He has a long-term interest in African Americans and their continuing struggle for emancipation.
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