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What were Mahatma's last words?

Mahatma Gandhi did not utter "Hey Ram" when he fell to the bullets of an assassin.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 16:51 IST

Mahatma Gandhi did not utter "Hey Ram" when he fell to the bullets of an assassin 58 years ago as has been famously attributed to the Father of the Nation, his personal attendant says.

"Gandhi did not say 'Hey Ram". In fact, he did not utter any word when the bullets fired from Nathuram Godse's pistol pierced his chest," Bapu's personal assistant Venkita Kalyanam who claims to be a witness to the horrific event told a news conference in Kollam on Monday.

Kalyanam said he was just behind the Mahatma when he was shot dead in the Teen Murti area of New Delhi on January 30, 1948.

The 83-year-old Kalyanam, who hails from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, said politics in post-Independent India had taken an entirely different turn from what the Mahatma could have wished.