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Sixth and final fatal assassination attempt on Gandhi

A photograph of a Mahatma Gandhi statue.
Image: | Above: A Mahatma Gandhi statue at Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


30 January 1948 was the day on which the world lost to crime one of its greatest politicians and figureheads.

‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, the man who brought the destructive effects of South African apartheid to the world’s attention, who led India to independence from Britain, and who set an example of successful peaceful protest and progress for all to follow, had, by this point in his life, already survived five attempted assassinations but no-one could prevent the sixth from being successful.

Nathuram Godse, a Hindu radical who had been involved in other earlier attempts on Gandhi’s life, approached him during his customary evening stroll and shot him, three times, through the chest...