Makers of the Twentieth Century: Gandhi
Gandhi's lasting significance lies, perhaps, not so much in what he actually did, but what he stood for.... Men like him may be done to death, but their message is not silenced in the making of this century
Occasionally events stun a world that has been given a new unity in this century by mass communications. One of the first of these was the assassination in 1948 of M. K. Gandhi, 'Father of the Indian Nation', by another Indian just after India had gained independence from Britain. In the words of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, 'the light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere'.