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US admirer of Gandhi cremated in India

US admirer of Gandhi cremated in India

A friend of a 71-year-old Californian man who immolated himself in a northwestern Indian town says he has been cremated under Hindu rituals according to his wishes.
Keshav Deo Modi says about 100 people chanted prayers as Jeff Knaebel's body, wrapped in a red cloth, was cremated Saturday in Virat Nagar, near the historic city of Jaipur.
Knaebel, an admirer of pacifist freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi and a retired mining engineer, set himself on fire to protest what he called cruelty in the United States and India. His body was found on Wednesday.
Knaebel had renounced U.S. citizenship in 2009 and had been living in India since 1995.


Updated : 2021-06-20 12:28 GMT+08:00