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Gandhi’s ashes to be scattered

Preparations for the official scattering of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes outside the Durban harbour on...

Mahatma Gandhi, or Gandhiji in Hindi (1869-1948). He was a major political and spiritual leader.

Preparations for the official scattering of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes outside the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Durban harbour on Saturday are underway.

The ceremony will mark the 62nd anniversary of his assassination in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">India</country-region>.

An overnight vigil will start on Friday afternoon at Gandhi’s <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Durban home where he began the struggle for liberation.

Gandhi was assassinated in <country-region w:st="on">India</country-region> where he was later cremated but a portion of the ashes was sent to <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> and preserved until now.

Three navy ships have been hired to take people out to sea when Gandhi’s remains will be scattered over the ocean.