Noakhali Peace Mission
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Gandhi's legacy lives on in Bangladesh

In the run up to the partition of British India, as Pakistan and India in 1947, there were communal riots in many places of the sub-continent in which thousands of Hindus and Muslims were killed.

The Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi courageously went around urging people not to kill each other.

One of the places he visited was Noakhali, now in southern Bangladesh, previously East Pakistan. His moral authority stopped weeks of carnage in this remote region.

The Gandhian philosophy and the community work of his followers influenced thousands of people in the area.

Ms Jharna Dhara Choudhury, 74, has spent her entire life working for the people.

The BBC's Bangladesh correspondent Anbarasan Ethirajan went to meet her.

  • 09 Feb 2012