New Delhi, Oct 3, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) On January 30, 1948, Father of the Nation and apostle of Non-violence Mahatma Gandhi fell prey to the bullets of an assassin.
[ReviewAZON asin=”0807059099″ display=”inlinepost”]But as the nation remembered the architect of India’s freedom movement on his 141st birth anniversary on Saturday, we take a trip down the decades and go back to the last day in the life of Gandhiji when he was shot dead by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic.
His last day was chronicled by the Sabarmati Ashram, the Gandhi ashram near Ahmedabad.
It was a Friday and at around 03:30 hours Gandhiji woke up from sleep. He prayed from 03:45 and then at around 04:45 hours drank a glass of hot water with lemon and honey.
Between 05:00 and 06:00 hours he drank mausambi juice and again went on to sleep between 06:00 – 07:00 hours.
He appeared for an interview with at 07:00 with Shrimati Rajen Nehru.
He took a massage between 08:00 and 08.30 hours and then went for a bath.
At 09:30 hours he took his morning meal and then a short nap again.
At 12:00 hours he woke up and drank a glass of hot water with honey.
He again gave interviews to Maulanas Hifzue Rahman and Ahmed Said. He had a talk with Sudhir Ghosh and Pyarolal.
At 13:30 hours the news of the day was read out to him.
Around 14:00 hours blind refugees came to meet him.
Again gave interviews to Chowdhary Badlu Ram and Sher Singh.
He had another interview at 14:30 hours with Acharya Malkani and Dr. Choith Ram Gidwani.
The Ceylon ambassador Mr. W. H. De Silva and his niece received an Autograph, which is his last signature.
More interviews followed. At 15:00 hours with Professor Radha Kumud Mukerjee.
At 16:15 hours he had a serious discussion with Sadar Patel.
Late by ten minutes, at 17:05 hours he walked towards prayer ground in the Birla House.
By 17:17hours he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse who came close enough to shoot him from point blank range in his chest.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) filed by Shri Nand Lal Mehta, his last words were Ram – Ram.