HISTORY OF THE DAY
According to Oleg Loginov
January 30thTHE ASSASSINATION OF MAHATMA GANDHI
The leader of the Indian national liberation movement, Gandhi, popularly called Mahatma («The Great Soul»), achieved only partial reconciliation of Hindus and Muslims. The fact is that Hindu extremists were fundamentally opposed to any kind of cooperation with Muslims. Hindu Mahasabha, a political organization with terrorist groups Rashtra Dal and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak, decided to continue the fight. However, in Delhi, she was opposed by the authority of Mahatma Gandhi. Therefore, a conspiracy was organized, led by the leader of the Hindu Mahasabha, the Bombay millionaire Vinayak Savarkar, who declared Gandhi an «insidious enemy» of Hindus, and the idea of nonviolence absolutized by Gandhism immoral.
A few moments before Nathuram Goji killed Mahatma Gandhi
On January 30, 1948 in Delhi, Gandhi, as usual, went to evening prayer on the lawn in front of the house. Adherents of his teachings rushed to their idol, trying, according to ancient custom, to touch the feet of the Mahatma.
Taking advantage of the turmoil, Muslim extremist Nathuram Goji, editor of one of the provincial newspapers and a member of the armed detachment of the Hindu Mahasabha party, which opposed peace with Muslims, approached Gandhi. He bowed to the ground, ostensibly wanting, as a sign of respect and humility, to wipe the dust from his sandals, but then suddenly pulled out a revolver from his pocket and fired three times.
The first bullet hit Gandhi in the stomach, the second went through the ribs, the third hit him in the chest and shot him in the lung. Gandhi only managed to say two words:
— Hey, Rama (Oh, my God)!..
And he died with a smile on his lips.
Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Gandhi. May 12 , 1948
Eight extremists involved in Gandhi’s murder have been brought before the court. Goji and his assistant were sentenced to death by hanging. They were executed on November 15, 1949. The remaining conspirators received long prison sentences. But they say that the whole Goji family in Sangma also paid for the murder of Gandhi with their lives.
At the funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi, there were literally pouring out grief for the beloved leader.
Read more in the article «Indian Saint».
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