History of Modern India Part 10
He came out and started trying to convince the Hindu youth. But revenge was on their heads. He did not listen to a single word of Mahatma Gandhi and continued the commotion. But before they could do any harm to the refugees in the courtyard of the building, a heavy contingent of police arrived. Seeing the police coming, the group of angry youths ran away and the matter was settled. This one case was averted, but Mahatma Gandhi was so shocked by the situation that he declared a hunger strike the next day. He said he would take nothing but water.
That is, they will not eat food. “If I can’t stop the riots, if I can’t stop the riots, then what will I do to survive?” Earlier, he used to talk about living for 125 years so that he could see his ideas being implemented in his life, but now, seeing the riots, he started talking about hating life. In any case, the news of the berth of Dost Mohandas Gandhi spread like wildfire and the great leaders rushed to get rid of his berth.
Among them were Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Congress leader Surat Bose and Bengal’s Hindu Mahasabha leader Dabindra Nath Mukherjee. In addition, many other politicians came. Gandhi was bedridden due to hunger. These politicians stood by him and begged him to end his hunger strike. He assured Gandhiji that he would keep the people of India non-violent in any case. We will not allow any commotion.
As a result of their efforts, on September 4, at 9:30 pm, four days later, Gandhi ended his hunger strike by drinking a glass of orange juice. Many people were gathered in his room at that time. Mahatma Gandhi told him that I was breaking this vessel so that I could do something for the people of Punjab. Friends, he said this because, like Bengal, even more horrible bloody riots had broken out in Punjab.
Now Gandhiji wanted to go to Punjab and try to stop the riots. He told the people in his room that I was breaking the fast on your assurance. I hope the Hindu Muslims living here will not force me to do it again. He asked the youth of Calcutta to try to establish peace without taking up arms. So a peace army or Shanti Sena Dal was formed there. Mahatma Gandhi’s Bert and the establishment of peace in Bengal was his great achievement.
It seemed to them that they would soon pull the whole of India out of the mire of riots. So he boarded a train from Calcutta on September 7 with a new mission and new vigor and left for Delhi. He intended to go to Punjab from Delhi and try to stop the riots. But friends, he never reached Punjab. By this time many powerful factions in India had turned against him. Earlier, only Congress leaders were angry with them,
but now the armed groups of “Hindutva”, armed groups had also raised their heads. These people had a completely different view of India, of secular future, apart from secularism. An ideology in which Mahatma Gandhi did not fit in any way. They were by no means ready to accept Mahatma Gandhi’s Hindu-Muslim brotherhood. He was a believer in racial and religious superiority and the biggest obstacle in his way was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Some of these young men planned to remove this biggest obstacle in their path, which the Indian Bapu used to call. Who were the young planners? Why did they plan to assassinate their leader? Was Gandhiji assassinated for supporting Kashmiris and Pakistan? What are the secrets of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi that have not been uncovered till date?
All this will show you but in the third part of History of Modern India, meanwhile friends, if you want to see the story of the last moments of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, touch here, see here the story of the first day of independence and this Here is the historical story of the battle between Ahmad Shah Abdali and the Sikhs.