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  Murder of The Mahatma

If I am to die by the bullet of a mad man, I must do so smiling. There must be no anger within me. God must be in my heart and on my lips.
- Mahatma Gandhi on January 28, 1948, two days prior to his assassination.

His last words were "Hé Ram".

Contrary to popular belief there were many failed attempts on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma. On 30th June 1946 speaking at a Prayer Meeting at Pune, after an unsuccessful assassination attempt, the Mahatma said, "By the grace of God I have been saved from the proverbial jaws of death seven times. I have not ever hurt any body. I consider no one to be an enemy, so I fail to understand why there have been so many attempts on my life? The attempt on my life yesterday failed. I am not ready to die just yet. I am going to live till I reach 125 years." Out of these attempts five are well documented and involve the Pune branch of the Hindu Mahasabha. Three of which also point to the involvement of Narayan Apte and Nathuram Godse. Godse Apte and the Mahasabha as well as their off shoot the Rasthtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have always claimed that the Mahatma was murdered because he was partial to the Muslims, because he was responsible for the vivisection of India and because he forced the government of India to give Pakistan 55 Crores Rs (550 million). Apart from the last two attempts on 20th January 1948 and His murder on 30th January1948. Bapuji had not shown any alleged partiality towards Muslims, the country was not divided and there was no question of giving 55 Crores (Rs. 550 Million) to Pakistan. Yet the Hindu Mahasabha and the Godse Apte gang of murderers were hell bent on killing the Mahatma. The following text is based on the book Mahatmey Chi Akher (The End of the Mahatma) a book in Marathi by Jagan Phadnis and Gandhi-Hatyakand (The Story of Gandhi Murder), a book in Hindi giving a minute by minute account of the Gandhi Murder Trial.

- Tushar A. Gandhi.