Mahatma Gandhi

“When partition of the subcontinent was accepted—against his advice—he threw himself heart and soul into the task of healing the scars of the communal conflict, toured the riot-torn areas in Bengal and Bihar, admonished the bigots, consoled the victims, and tried to rehabilitate the refugees. In the atmosphere of that period, surcharged with suspicion and hatred, that was a difficult and heartbreaking task. Gandhi was blamed by partisans of both the communities. When persuasion failed, he went on a fast. He won at least two spectacular triumphs: in September 1947 his fasting stopped the rioting in Calcutta, and in January 1948 he shamed the city of Delhi into a communal truce.

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Rare news clipping of Mahatma Gandhi leading Hindu squatters out of the dargah of Hazrat Qutb ud Din Bakhtiyar-i Kaki in Mehrauli, Delhi, only some days before his assassination on 30th January 1948 – sent by Hugh Van Skyhawk

A few days later, on January 30, while he was on his way to his evening  prayer meeting in Delhi, his physical body was shot down by Nathuram Godse, a young Hindu fanatic. But by his act Nathuram Godse ironically increased Gandhi’s lasting influence on the course of history and the shaping of the Indian union.”

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