Today in World History (January, 30th)


On January 30, 1948, exactly 69 years ago today, the renowned India political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.

Gandhi was born in 1869 to an Indian official as father and a Vaishnava mother who was deeply religious and who exposed the young Gandhi to Jainism, a morally rigorous Indian religion that advocated nonviolence.

A very brilliant student, Gandhi studied law in England, starting in 1888. Upon graduation, Gandhi returned to India in 1891, however, he was unable to find a regular legal work, hence he accepted a one-year contract to work in South Africa in 1893.

In South Africa, Gandhi experienced racism and a particular experience in which he was thrown off a train made him resolve to fight for his right as an Indian and also as an individual.