Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi: 10 points you need to know

Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

On this day, 70 years ago, after being lethally shot while on his way to a prayer meeting at the Birla House Mahatma Gandhi had breathed his last.

Here are a few things regarding his assassination which you need to know:

  1. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated when he was79 on his way to Birla House (now Gandhi Smriti) in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.
  2. According to reports, He was shot at 5.12 in the evening which lead to his death.
  3. Gandhi was on his way to a prayer meeting when Nathuram Godse, a prominent member of Hindu Mahasabha, impeded him.
  4. Godse, aged 36, shot Gandhi three times in the chest with a point-blank range Beretta M 1934 semi-automatic pistol.
  5. Gandhi was carried back inside the Birla House after being shot, where he died.
  6. Death sentences for assassinating Gandhi were given to Godse and Narayan Apte, a fellow conspirator. While six others – including Godse’s brother, Gopal – were sentenced to life imprisonment.
  7. It is widely stated that Gandhi’s last word which he uttered was “Hey Ram” after being shot.
  8. Five prior unsuccessful attempts were made to kill Gandhi.
  9. The first attempt to kill Gandhi was a bomb attack in 1934. In 1944, Godse was caught twice trying to approach Gandhi with a dagger. On January 20, 1948, Godse and his fellow conspirators had failed to pull off a planned shooting.
  10. Two days prior to his assassination, Gandhi is said to have made this statement:

 

“If I’m to die by the bullet of a mad man, I must do so smiling. God must be in my heart and on my lips. And if anything happens, you are not to shed a single tear.”

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