India Marks 60th Anniversary of Gandhi’s Assassination

January 30, 2008 01:00 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
In a ceremony observing the 60th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death, his great-granddaughter spread some of his ashes into the Arabian Sea.

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On Jan. 30, 2008, Mahatma Gandhi's great granddaughter, Nilamben Parikh, memorialized the 60th year since his assassination by pouring the leader's ashes from a brass urn into the Arabian Sea.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became an international icon thanks to his doctrine of passive resistance during India’s struggle to gain independence from the Britain.

Donning the white garb of a Hindu holy man, he practiced what he termed “satyagraha,” or “holding onto truth.” This, in his view, entailed asceticism and nonviolent disobedience.

Time magazine describes Gandhi as “a cross between a saint and a ward politician … he managed to distill the qualities of both and yet transcend their contradictions.”

His countrymen bestowed the title “Mahatma,” or “great soul,” on the leader for his commitment to nonviolence.

Gandhi was assassinated on Jan. 30, 1948, by a Hindu extremist who felt the leader was too liberal toward Muslims.

Following his death, Gandhi's follower Jawaharlal Nehru took the helm of the Indian nationalist movement, becoming the first prime minister of a newly independent India in August 1947.

Headline Link: ‘India Remembers Mahatma Gandhi’

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Opinion & Analysis: ‘Gandhi and Nehru’

Reference: Personifying passive resistance


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