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Popular Assassinations in India

Posted on : July 03, 2017

Power, oppression and ideological differences have always fuelled assassinations of the powerful figures in the human society. But killings come with their repercussions on the society, infact every deed has severe consequences. History has it that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand resulted into World War 1, while the murder of Julius Caesar resulted in the fall of the Roman Republic. Assassinations from time to time have changed and manipulated with the course of history. Let us see how it has taken its course in India:

  1. Mahatma Gandhi: The Father of the Nation was shot dead at point blank range by Nathuram Godse a Hindu nationalist at Birla house. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January, 1948. Nathuram Godse shot Gandhi and surrendered there at the spot. It was found on investigation that Nathuram Godse was working with Narayan Apte and 6 others to plan the assassination.
  2. Indira Gandhi: Being fearless and bold comes with a cost especially if you are holding a powerful position. This is what happened with our ‘Iron lady’, Indira Gandhi.Operation blue star spearheaded by Indira Gandhi herself,caused severe damage to the Golden temple and the sentiments of the Sikh community in Amritsar. This resulted in the backlash and Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own two Sikh body guards.They opened fired as much as 30 rounds. Indira Gandhi was take to Aiims almost immediately and was declared dead there. An aftermath resulted in killing of thousands of Sikhs as retaliation of the assassination.
  3. Rajiv Gandhi:The sixth prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a public meeting by the LTTE. A woman later identified was responsible, she went on to touch Rajiv Gandhi’s feet in the campaign rally and detonated a bomb tucked away in her dress. The explosion killed atleast 25 along with Gandhi and the bomber herself. Only bits and pieces of his and the suicide bomber’s body were found. Rajiv Gandhi’s body was partly reconstructed for the cremation.
  4. Phoolan Devi:Popularly known as ‘Bandit Queen’, Phoolan Devi was assassinated on 25th of July, 2001 by a man named Sher Singh Rana.A man from Behmai, who claimed that the assassination was a revenge for the massacre in Behmai where Phoolan Devi killed many Rajputs. Reports say Phoolan Devi committed the massacre as an act of vengeance, as she was raped by the Rajputs in Behmai.


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