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Gandhi assassinated Gandhi assassinated
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2018-01-30 09:04:33
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January 30th 1948; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic. Born the son of an Indian official in 1869, Gandhi's Vaishnava mother was deeply religious and early on exposed her son to Jainism, a morally rigorous Indian religion that advocated nonviolence. Gandhi was an unremarkable student but in 1888 was given an opportunity to study law in England. In an effort to end India's religious strife, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas. He was on one such vigil in New Delhi when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who objected to Gandhi's tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him. Known as Mahatma, or "the great soul," during his lifetime, Gandhi's persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States.

 


     
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Emanuel Paparella2013-01-30 12:08:51
What is generally less well known is that Gandhi himself was influenced by "On Civil Disobedience" by the American 19th century author Henry David Thoreau. The circle is then closed with Martin Luther King advocating of non violent civil disobedience.


Murray Hunter2013-01-31 05:51:15
Gandhli revered as "the great soul" was an external reflection upon him. His inner soul must have been in great personal torment as he shone away all those close to him, espcially the members of his immediate family. An inspiration to the world, yet a saddness to those who were close to him. This yin and yang or paradox appears to be a common trait of many successful people - a successful public life and failed personal life. The reality is always much more complex than the appearance.


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