independence leader Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated on this day, January 30th in
1948 after being shot three times in the chest at point-blank range.
The 78-year-old was killed by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse, who believed the inspirational advocate of non-violent protest favored Muslims.
Gandhi - who was himself Hindu, albeit one who had a vision of a religious unity and opposed the partition of India - had been walking to a prayer meeting at the time.
Godse approached him near the Birla House in New Delhi at 5.17pm and fired his Beretta M 1934 three times, killing his victim almost instantly. (Julian Gavaghan/ Yahoo News)
Here's a look back at his life.