February 3, 2017: A Sad Day, 69th Anniversary Of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. “Raj Ghat” in New Delhi: The memorial in – Memorial marking the cremation spot of Mahatma Gandhi


I only discovered a few years ago, quite accidentally, that February 3, 1948 had been the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

The following day, February 4, 1948 was Independence Day for Ceylon. I was looking for newspaper clippings from February 4, 1948 when I came across a picture of the funeral pyre from February 3.

I was quite taken aback.

His funeral pyre hardly had time to cool before Ceylon was celebrating its Independence. How ironic. We got our Independence on his back. India’s and Ceylon’s independence, 6 months apart, was essentially a joint deal, though it is never portrayed as such.

So, now, ahead of Independence Day I make a point of observing the anniversary of the GREAT MAN’s funeral.


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