On January 30th, 1948, he was walking slowly from his home to attend a prayer meeting when a thirty-nine years old Hindu called Nathuram Godse who mistakably thought Gandhi was harming the Hindus by being friendly to Muslims shot the Great Soul after respectfully bowing to him. (Click on picture for video) A few minutes later a man came out to the waiting crowd and announced that the little old man who sacrificed with all he had for his country, who reshaped the lives of many, who changed the path of the world, who inspired -and still will inspire- mankind till the end of the world was dead.
That night the Indian leader “Pandit Nehru” spoke over the radio to the people and said,”Friends and Comrades, the light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere. I do not know what to tell you and how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we call him, the Father of the Nation, is no more. Perhaps I am wrong to say that. Nevertheless, we will not see him again as we have seen him for these many years. We will not run to him for advice and seek solace from him, and that is a terrible blow, not to me only but to millions and millions of this country.”
After a few days, following the custom of the Hindu religion, Gandhi’s body was burned in the presence of a great crowd and the ashes were scattered over the waters of the sacred rivers.
Gandhi’s death was regarded as an international crisis. His place in humanity was measured not in terms of the 20th century, but in terms of history. And although Mohandas Gandhi was no more, the Great Soul was eternal forever.
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