The Assassination of Gandhi II

Lead: For 50 years Mahatma Gandhi led a movement for the liberation of India. He prevailed over the British without striking a single violent blow or planning a single military maneuver.            

Into.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Gandhi’s non-violent revolution which led to the defeat of British rule in India in 1947 was based on the principles he called “Satyagraha.” He had perfected the system as a young lawyer in the struggle for immigrant Indian rights in South Africa in the 1920s and continued it in India where he spent the rest of his life seeking independence from Britain's imperial rule in a time of great political and religious turmoil.

 

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The Assassination of Gandhi I

Lead: On the evening of January 30, 1948, India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, addressed the nation through All India Radio. Mathatma Gandhi, the prophet of nonviolence, had been assassinated.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the father of the nation, is no more. Perhaps I am wrong to say that; nevertheless, we will not see him again, as we have seen him for these many years, we will not run to him for advice or seek solace from him, and that is a terrible blow, not only for me, but for millions and millions in this country.

 

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Gandhi in South Africa – III

Lead: Mahatma Gandhi developed what some have erroneously come to call, “passive resistance” in turn of the twentieth century South Africa. There he acquired vital political skills, which he would use to great effect later in India.

 

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 

                Content: In theory at least, citizenship in the British Empire whether that be in India, Fiji, Jamaica, South Africa or England itself, implied equal rights with all other imperial subjects. The theory did not always work out it practice.