Prologue: The Legacy
I am not interested in freeing India merely from the English yoke. I am bent on freeing India from any yoke whatever.
I can combine the greatest love with the greatest opposition to wrong.
I do not believe in the doctrine of the greatest good of the greatest number. The only real, dignified, human doctrine is the greatest good of all.
At midday on January 31, 1948, a modified military vehicle moved into the streets of New Delhi, carrying in an open coffin the body of Mohandas K. Gandhi, slain the day before by an assassin's bullet.
Colleagues and friends of the Mahatma -- "Great Soul," as a nation proclaimed him -- sat by the coffin on the platform of the vehicle as it was pulled by rope by 200 troops from India's new armed forces. Thousands of other troops and police marched ahead and behind. The procession inched its way through a mourning multitude, an estimated million people, while another million and a half followed behind.