SAINTS & HEROES: Of Truth and Shame

For five hours, as Gandhi's body was pulled through the streets of Delhi, Vallabhbhai Patel crouched on the funeral cart, his head bowed; not once did he raise it. Alongside, barefoot in the dust, walked Jawaharlal Nehru. Said Nehru: "I have a sense of utter shame."

The shame spread through the world with the news of Gandhi's murder. The event brought the shock of recognition, rather than the shock of surprise. More forcibly than anyone in his age, Gandhi had asserted that love was the law; how else should he die but through...

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