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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi. Circa 1883. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated on this day, January 30th in 1948 after being shot three times in the chest at point-blank range.

The 78-year-old was killed by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse, who believed the inspirational advocate of non-violent protest favored Muslims.

Gandhi - who was himself Hindu, albeit one who had a vision of a religious unity and opposed the partition of India - had been walking to a prayer meeting at the time.

Godse approached him near the Birla House in New Delhi at 5.17pm and fired his Beretta M 1934 three times, killing his victim almost instantly. (Julian Gavaghan/ Yahoo News)

Here's a look back at his life.

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