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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

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

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

January 30, 2014

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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