The reproduction of the report on Gandhiji’s assassination, excerpts from Nehru’s address to the nation and the editorial from The Hindu of January 31, 1948 (Jan. 30) invoked poignant memories. It will surely benefit the new generation of readers. Events of the fateful day are etched in my memory. We were at Saint Tyagaraja’s samadhi at Thiruvaiyaru on January 30, 1948. Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer’s concert was on, as part of the aradhana celebrations. The concert was being relayed live on AIR. All of a sudden he stopped, closed his ears and uttered “Siva Siva.” The tragic news was broken and the crowd dispersed peacefully.
R. Somasundaram, Chennai
I was in my teens when Gandhiji was assassinated. A close friend barged into my house and conveyed the dreadful news. With no radio, we rushed to a neighbour’s house and heard the news from BBC. We heard a choking Nehru address the nation. A Muslim neighbour played a gramophone — on which Gandhiji’s voice had been recorded — at the dead of night. All these incidents came to my ageing mind when I read The Hindu on Wednesday.
R. Ramachandra Rao, Hyderabad