Biggest Political Assassinations

As we know, Sidhu Moose Wala’s assassinations shocked the people immensely. When a leader is murdered, it can cause what psychologists refer to as “flashbulb memory” in the inhabitants of a country. Many people will remember where they were and what they were doing when their leader was assassinated for the rest of their lives. Most nations now surround their leaders with protection, ranging from a few personal bodyguards to extensive security agencies, to discourage a potential assassination or group of murderers from accomplishing their fatal activities. Here are some of the biggest political assassinations that shocked the masses.

John F Kennedy


While driving through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated back in 1963. The Kennedys and Connallys waved to the huge crowds gathering along the parade route while riding in a Lincoln convertible. Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building as their vehicle passed by at 12:30 p.m., killing President John F. Kennedy and critically wounded Governor John Connally. At Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Kennedy was pronounced dead after 30 minutes. 

Mahatma Gandhi

On the 29th of January 1948, one of the fanatics, Nathuram Godse, a guy in his thirties, returned to Delhi armed with a Beretta automatic weapon. The 78-year-old Gandhi, was being assisted across the gardens of Birla House by his great-nieces on his way to a prayer meeting around 5 p.m. the next day when Nathuram Godse emerged from the admiring crowd, bowed to him, and shot him three times in the stomach and chest at point-blank range. Gandhi dropped to the ground, terminally wounded, with his palms outstretched in front of his face in the traditional Hindu greeting gesture, almost as if he were embracing his murderer.

Julius Caesar 


Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in Rome on March 15, 44 B.C.E. Caesar’s fame and pride were despised by various people including in the Senate, a body of appointed political leaders who were not elected. These members decided to assassinate and land the final blow against Caesar’s rule after he was elected dictator for life in 44 B.C.E. On 15th March (44 B.C.E), a total of 60 conspirators decided to kill Caesar at a Senate meeting. The group allegedly stabbed Caesar 23 times in total, murdering the Roman leader. Because of the assassination, much of the Roman populace despised the senators, and a series of civil wars erupted.

Benazir Bhutto

A 15-year-old suicide bomber named Bilal assassinated Bhutto on December 27, 2007. He approached her convoy after she ended an electoral event in Rawalpindi, shot at her, and then blew himself up. The Pakistani Taliban had commissioned Bilal to carry out the attack. She was attempting to win a third term as Prime Minister at the time of her death. Pakistan’s civil upheaval was sparked by the assassination. Bhutto’s followers flocked to the streets, blocking roads, setting fires, and yelling anti-Pakistan slogans.

Sidhu Moose Wala


Noted Sidhu Moose Wala, a Punjabi musician who got into Congress before the Punjab elections, was assassinated by criminals near his home town Jawaharkein Punjab’s district Mansa on Sunday. The assassination happened  just a few hours after the Punjab government dismissed his security. He was shot more than 30 times while travelling in his car. Sidhu appeared to have received more than eight bullet wounds, according to police, and was transferred to the Mansa civil hospital, where he died. The late singer was the target of gangsters for a long time.