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NMTV PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE FATHER OF THE NATION MAHATMA GANDHI ON MARTYR’S DAY

Gandhi-6The nation observes martyr’s day on January 30 each year. Navi Mumbai News pays tribute to the father of the nation with this special report on the Raj Ghat – the last resting place of the father of this nation – Mahatma Gandhi. The Raj Ghat is the last resting place of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is not far away from the banks of River Yamuna. Mahatma Gandhi was cremated here on 31st January 1950 following his assassination on 30th January 1950 by Nathu Ram Godse. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. He developed a method of direct social action based upon the principles courage, nonviolence and truth called Satyagraha. India was granted independence in 1947, and partitioned into India and Pakistan. Rioting between Hindus and Muslims followed. Gandhi had been an advocate for a united India where Hindus and Muslims lived together in peace. On January 13, 1948, at the age of 78, he began a fast with the purpose of stopping the bloodshed. After 5 days the opposing leaders pledged to stop the fighting and Gandhi broke his fast. The memorial stone is a simple square platform made of black stone. The last words uttered by Mahatma “Hey Ram” are inscribed near the black platform. An eternal flame keeps burning in a copper urn in the Raj Ghat. Among the tributes to Gandhi upon his death were these words by the great physicist, Albert Einstein: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.”

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