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Ashit Sarkar's comment on Recalling the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated

A very poignant recollection by my dear friend at Kanpur - which rekindled my memories of the tragic day. Being refugees from Lahore after a long break I had restarted my studies in the final school year of 10th class according to Punjab University in the DAV School, Paharganj in the afternoon shift from 2.30 pm (after the Delhi classes were over), and was attending classes when a noisy motorcycle drove into our compound followed with our solemn principal announcing the sad news that followed with a prayer and ending the day at about 5 pm. Most of us could not believe the news - especially only two days earlier I had been at the Birla House and attended the prayer by Mahatma Gandhi. Many of us disbelieving students walked from the School to Connaught Place to see the news-board of Hindustan Times that reconfirmed the news. As I walked back to my home in Daryaganj we discussed the tragedy to the nation. On reaching home I got a message from the BP Boy Scouts Association office to come urgently, and I was informed that I along with another boy scout was to represent them at the funeral and that we should come in our uniform early next morning to be taken to the Birla House - which we did accordingly. We two Boy Scouts were positioned just ahead of the carriage taking the body and we walked entire morning fasting all the way to Rajghat without anything other than sips of water. Melville deMellow was in the carriage right ahead of us and he often came down and walked around whilst carrying out his commentary! We returned home tired and continued the fast for the entire day breaking it only the next morning.
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