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 Timeline of Kasturba  for  V : Last Phase 'Quit India Movement' (1942-1944)
   
8th August, 1942 Ba accomanied Bapu for the AICC meeting at Bombay after the Working Committee had passed the 'Quit India' resolution according to which India could participate in World War II on the side of the Allies provided India too could 'feel the glow of freedom'. Bapu said: "Leave India to God--- or anarchy." 'Quit India' resolution was passed by AICC on 8.8.1942 and Bapu gave the mantra 'Door die.'

9th August, 1942 In the morning, he was arrested along with Miraben and Mahadev Desai. In the evening, crowds had collected in Shivaji Park to be addressed by Gandhiji. People came to Ba. She said, 'There is no need to despair. I will address the meeting'. Sushila Nayar, who had come from Delhi interrupting her studies in the medical college, dissuaded Ba: 'Your health would not stand another imprisonment.' But she dictated to Sushila Nayar her words for the public: "Gandhiji poured out his heart to you for two hours at the All India Congress meeting last night. What can I add to that? All that remains for us is to live up to his ideals. The women of India have to prove their mettle. They should all join in this struggle, regardless of caste or creed. Truth and nonviolence must be our watch words." One lakh people at Shivaji Park went wild on seeing Ba. The police arrested Ba and Sushila Nayar and took them to Arthur Road Prison. Ba said: "I have a feeling I will not come out alive." And she did not. Kasturba had a severe attack of diarrhoea at night but there was no medicine.

10th August, 1942 Another young woman prisoner gave money to the jailer to buy medicines for Ba. After midnight Ba and Sushila Nayar were shifted to the Aga Khan Palace, Pune, where Gandhiji and others were imprisoned. Soon Ba's strength was restored.

14th August, 1942 Suddenly Mahadev Desai collapsed and died as he was welcoming Col. M.G.Bhandari, I.G. (Prisons), in Aga Khan Palace. He had served as Bapu's indispensable aide and confidant for 25 years. He was cremated on the grounds of Aga Khan Palace itself and Ba murmured: 'Why did you take Mahadev and not me?' No visitors were allowed and there was rigid censorship in Aga Khan Palace. In 61st year of their married life, Bapu and Ba revived the project of Ba's education. She knew a little English and simple Gujarati. Bapu daily taught her geography, history and Gita. Knowing her love for music, Bapu would recite poems together with Ba every evening.

10th February, 1943 After Ba's approval, Gandhiji started a 3 week fast against the British Government spreading falsehoods against the 'Quit India' movement. Ba, as always, honoured his fast by taking only one meal of milk and fruit. At his insistence she increased it to two meals in order to be able to look after him. Gandhiji's condition deteriorated fast.

3rd March, 1943 Bapu completed his fast and Ba gave a glass of orange juice to him.

16th March, 1943 After Gandhiji's fast, Ba's health began to fade. She had an attack of breathlessness and coughing for two hours. A week later another attack lasted 4 hours. She had a serious heart ailment. On Bapu's insistence, their sons were allowed to visit Ba regularly. At Ba's request, 15 year old Manu Gandhi (great-grand-daughter of Bapu's uncle Tulsidas) was transferred from the prison in Nagpur to Aga Khan Palace as her nurse cum companion. Kasturba had a mild attack of bronchial preumonia but recovered soon. She started showing interest in Ping-Pong, Badminton and Carrom.

2nd October, 1943 For Bapu's birthday, Kasturba got the red-bordered sari which had been made out of the yarn spun by Bapu brought from Sevagram, and wore it. She wanted to be draped in it when she died.

Jan, 1944 Kasturba suffered two more heart attacks. She had a relapse in second week of February. Bapu now spent more time with Ba and she would doze off with her head resting on his chest. One day she asked him: "Would you demand that the British quit India? Our country is vast we can all live here as brothers". He said: "I only want the British to quit as rulers". They were still in accord.

17th February, 1944 At Bapu's request, Harilal was traced as Ba wanted to see him also. He came, very thin and pale, with signs of tuberculosis. At Ba's insistence, his permission was renewed but he was not found.

21st February, 1944 Harilal was again located and met Kasturba in a drunken state. Ba was in despair.

22nd February, 1944 Ba's condition was more critical.She gratefully accepted a drop of the holy Ganges water from Devdas. She prayed: "God, my refuge, Thy mercy I crave." At 7.35 pm in the Aga Khan Palace, Kasturba breathed her last. Telegraphed news of Kasturba's death immediately spread around the country and the world. Sushila Nayar and Mirabehn carefully bathed Ba's body, combed and dressed her in the red-bordered sari. Gandhiji had given the injunction: "Either the whole nation be allowed to participate in the funeral or no one." The Government chose the latter.

23rd February, 1944 By 10 am, over a hundred mourners assembled in the Palace ground for Ba's cremation. 'The Times of India' summed up the nation's tribute: "Mrs. Gandhi ranks among the great women of India. Known to India's worshipping millions simply as 'Ba'-mother." Kasturba's flower-bedecked bier was carried to the selected site where Mahadev Desai was cremated. Passages from Bhagavad Gita, Quran and New Testament were read by Bapu himself. Mirabehn read a Psalm from Old Testament, Dr. Gilder recited Zoroastrian scriptures, and the singers recited Bhajans. Gandhiji stood, staff in hand, and Devadas lit the pyre. Bapu stood near the burning pyre praying and reflecting-as his companion of almost 62 years was consumed by fire. "The best half of me is dead," he said.

25th February, 1944 Kasturba's sons collected her 'ashes' from the cremation site. Among a literal handful of tiny motherly bones, they found the 5 glass bangles, worn by her since her day of marriage, miraculously intact! Bapu wrote in reply to Lord Wavell, Viceroy's message of sympathy: "Without my wishing it, she chose to lose herself in me and the result was that she be came truly my better half."