Archivist Update: Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born October 2, 1869. He was the primary leader of India’s independence movement. Gandhi was known for his practice of non-violent civil disobedience that would prove influential throughout the world. 

On this day, Jan. 30, 1948, Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist.

Below we feature a selection from the Associated Press photo archive, including images by AP reporter James A. Mills and from Pulitzer prize winning photographer Max Desfor.

Click on any image to launch the Archivist Update: Mahatma Gandhi gallery. 


View the Mahatma Gandhi collection 


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