Today marks the 76th anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Gandhi was the effective leader of the revolution that overturned India’s British rule. He was first granted the name ‘Mahatma’, which he is commonly recognised by across the globe, in 1914 as a mark of respect; it means ‘high-spirited’ in Sanskrit. Indians also used the term ‘Bapu’, which stands for ‘father’.
Gandhi’s belief in non-violent civil disobedience inspired civil rights movements worldwide and still, to this day, will be marked as the catalyst for numerous protests.
Mahatma was assassinated whilst on his way to address a prayer meeting at Birla House when he was shot three times with a 9mm pistol by Nathuram Godse.
Indian Prime Minister, addressed the nation at the time, saying:
“Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the father of the nation, is no more.”