Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869-1948, was known to his followers as Mahatma, “the great-souled one.”  He was recognized throughout the world for his non-violent philosophy of passive resistance.  Gandhi was a leading figure in the civil rights movement in S. Africa and in India’s struggle for independence from Great Britain.  He was admired and respected by millions around the world.  

He resided in the home of a friend while he was in Mumbai.

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Ghandi’s library in his Mumbai residence - lots of books and papers.  

His living quarters while he was in residence. He lived a very simple life.   He traveled with his famous spinning wheels and used them daily to spin cotton for his clothes.  

I see God in every thread that I draw on the spinning wheel.

(Young India,20-5-1926)

Gandi’s final steps are memorialized at the Birla House in Delhi

Last moments

Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist, met Ghandi, bowed and said “Namaste, Gandhi”  He then produced a gun and fired 3 shots.  Ghandi is said to have murmered “He Ram, He Ram” (oh God, oh God),  as he sank to the ground.  Pacifist Mahatma Ghandi died, age 78,  at 5:17 pm, Friday, January 30, 1948.  

The Raj Ghat - Ghandi was cremated the day following his assassination.  A black marble slab and eternal flame marks the spot.  


I’m sure most people saw this movie.  I’m going to have to watch it again. Click on the picture to watch the  movie trailer from Ghandi, with Ben Kingsley.   

© Phyllis Nethercot 2016