Nehru on Gandhi’s assassination

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Out of Context

This is not the famous “The light has gone out of our life” speech [transcript], but a speech he gave to Parliament on Feb 2, 1948. Other versions on the web are truncated in interesting ways.

Cartier-Bresson’s iconic photo of Nehru announcing Gandhi’s assassination at Birla House:


Source: Magnum Photos. More on the photo from Iconic Photos.

I have a sense of utter shame both as an individual and as head of the government of India that we should have failed to protect the greatest treasure we possessed. It is our failure in the past many months, to give protection to many an innocent man, woman and child. It may be that that burden and task was too great for us or for any government; nevertheless, it is a failure, and today the fact that this mighty person, whom we honoured and loved beyond…

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