I then took a short walk to the place where Ghandi last resided. This is now also a museum and I walked into his last room. A glass case displayed his remaining possessions – his sandals, a spoon, his staff and his famous spectacles. This was a manwith a really simple austere life and he made Nehru’s home look almost luxurious in comparison.
To the right of the glass case was a French window and as I walked though I noticed a set of raised and painted cement footsteps. These led out to the garden and round towards a Hindu shrine. They then suddenly stop before reaching the shrine. This was the place that The Mahatma was gunned down and the cement footsteps represented his last journey.
Today mark the anniversary of the assassination in 1948 of Mohandas Gandhi. The lessons he taught of non violent change are still as relevant today as they were then. Others, notably Dr Martin Luther King, have taken those and emulated him and in Kings’ case also given their lives so that men and women alike could like free and as equals.
Gandhi was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – it isn’t awarded posthumously – but I do wonder if in this instance they shouldn’t make a special case.