On March 3, 1921, Mahatma Gandhi and Maulana Shaukat Ali visited the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara near Lahore. They dropped everything relating to non-cooperation on receiving a wire that informed them of the massacre and rushed to Lahore.

Gandhi spoke to the congregation.
"It seems almost unbelievable that not a man died at the hands of the Akali party. Did not the brave men who were armed with kirpans and battle-axes retaliate even in self-defence? If they did not, it is an event that must electrify the whole world."
"I hope that you will not take the credit of the bravery for the Sikhs only, but that you will regard it as an act of national bravery. The martyrs have died not to save their own faith merely but to save all religions from impurity."
On March 13, 1921, Gandhi wrote in his Gujarati paper Navjivan about the matyrdom at Nankana Sahib:

"If so, this is a perfect example of non-violent non-co-operation, and I firmly believe that its impact on the freedom movement will be tremendous."
I keep repeating myself, but I cannot contemplate an Indian government that would not want to commemorate 100 years of Saka Nankana Sahib, or would put impediments in the way of Sikhs who do want to commemorate it.

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