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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas K. Gandhi, center seated, is surrounded by workers in his law office in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1902. Gandhi, the country's first lawyer who is a person of color to be admitted to the bar, spent most of his 20 years in South Africa protesting the treatment of Indians by the British. The others in the photo are not identified. (AP Photo)

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

Indian 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.

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