An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Reaction against Gandhi in the Aftermath of Bhagat Singh hangings

We all know that Bhagat Singh and his friends were never the favorites of Gandhi. But how much the followers of Bhagat Singh dislike Gandhi is apparent from this headline from New York Times dated March 26, 1931:

50 DIE IN INDIA RIOT; GANDHI ASSAULTED AS PARTY GATHERS; 200 Wounded in Cawnpore as Hindus and Moslems Clash in Protest Over Hangings. MAHATMA ESCAPES BEATING Aides Seize Youth Who Tries to Strike Him With Flag of Mourning at Karachi. HIS LEADERSHIP AT STAKE Ratification of Truce With Viceroy Is First Matter on Agenda of Congress Opening Tomorrow. Yorth Tries to Strike Gandhi. Leaders Agreed on Policy. 50 DIE IN INDIA RIOT; GANDHI ASSAULTED Communal Accord Sought. Troops Patrol Cawnpore.

Now, I do not quite know the exact realities on ground at that time – but why would Hindus and Moslems clash in the protests over hangings? Did the Moslems feel that the hangings were justified and Hindus didnt?

The Article further goes on to say:

A reign of terror in the city of Cawnpore in the United Provinces and an attack on Mahatma Gandhi by a youth outside Karachi were among the answers of the Indian extremists today to the hanging of Bhagat Singh and two fellow-assassins.

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