Sunday, 29 June 2014


Appropriately in the vast outpourings of tribute, it was the Indians themselves who produced the most memorable testimonial of all. It was on the editorial page of the Hindustan Standard.

The page was left blank, ringed by a black border. At its centre was a single paragraph set in bold type face. It read, "Gandhiji has been killed by his own people for whose redemption he lived. This second crucification in the history of the world has been enacted on a Friday, the same day Jesus was done to death one thousand, nine hundred and fifteen years ago. Father, forgive us."

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