All those who think that politics is all about power, money and game changing, might be wrong on a few accounts. They forget that this struggle for power and money can often get ugly. A leader often becomes the target of ire of the others when some political or social group becomes alienated from his policies and sets on assassinating him. Here let us have a look at a few of them put in a chronological order dated backwards-
Benazir Bhutto, 2007
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She is the latest of the big tree axed in the Islamic fundamentalism-inspired politics of Pakistan. The 54 years former Prime minister of Pakistan had returned to her homeland after a forced exile at Dubai during the military rule of General Musharraf. While campaigning for the forthcoming elections at Pakistan, as a member of Pakistan People’s Party, she was killed in a bomb explosion in one of the rallies n Karachi.
Indira Gandhi 1984
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The autumn of 1984 carried an uncomfortable chill in it. Something big was coming; Indira herself knew it and she had also been warned of it. Her political cosseting of Sikh fundamentalist Jarnail Singh Bhindrewala did not bode well for her, resulting in his taking shelter in the holiest of the shrines of the Sikhs in Amritsar, India and the resultant trampling of this anti-national rising by her with an iron fist. The result was catastrophic. The ones she referred to as brothers, her two Sikh bodyguards shot her at her residence in Delhi on October 31, 1984.
Martin Luther Junior, 1968
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He was not a politician or an official leader of any nation, yet he ruled the hearts of millions of people who stood for equal civil rights to the Blacks in Apartheid ridden USA. Born in 1929, he became the chief champion of African-American Civil Rights Movement. While his stay at a hotel in Memphis where he was in support of black sanitary public employees, he was shot at by an anti-black assassin with his gun.
Mahatma Gandhi, 1948
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This embodiment of non-violence does not need an introduction. Born and brought up in India in 1869, he took his Law studies in Britain and then settled in South Africa where he practiced. His role as the harbinger of independence to India and the dignified way in which he did it, earned him admirers even among the members of the British polity.
His non-communal views did not go down so well with his Hindu fundamentalist detractors and almost one year after India gained independence, he was assassinated in a prayer meeting on 30 January 1948.
Abhram Lincon, 1865-
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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of USA, led the nation through the Civil War at a time when the nonfederal tendencies were still high among many of its people. This war was the greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis that the nation had ever to suffer.
In 1865, as he was watching a play – Our American Cousin at Ford’s theater, when Booth approached him from behind him and shot him point blank in the head.