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Nathuram Godse’s Last Words….”Why I Killed Gandhi”

An image of a 39-year-old man from Pune (Baramati) is often presented in front of the world as Mahatma Gandhi’s killer. But, do you know the reasons that motivated this young man to kill Gandhi? Let’s take a look at certain edited excerpts from Nathuram Godse’s court statement that can help us understand his side of the story.

After the assignation of Gandhi, an individual named Nandlal Mehta registered a FIR about the incident and Nathuram Godse was arrested after identification on January 30, 1948. According to reports, he was chased by Birla House’s Gardner-Raghu Nayak after Gandhi’s assignation.

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The trial for this case started on May 27, 1948, and ended on February 10, 1949. Nathuram Godse was awarded death sentence, but a lesser number of people have knowledge about what exactly happened during the trial. G D Khosla was one of the judges in this case and his statement made after few days from the verdict had surprised everyone.

Justice Khosla said Godse’s justification for Gandhi’s assassination was so convincing that people sitting in the courtroom would have tagged Godse as “not guilty” if they would have had the authority to decide on his appeal.

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Facts that “They” want to hide

Godse was born and brought up in a Brahmin family. He was proud of Hindu culture, Hindu history, and overall Hinduism. He was completely against superstitions, casteism, and was popular for working towards getting rid of the concept of untouchability from the society.

History books never highlight the fact that the young man was actively involved in anti-caste movements. He had organized several anti-caste dinners in which people from all castes participated and ate together.

His subjects of interest were the modern and ancient history of India, Russia, America, France, and England. Godse loved reading speeches of Tilak, Dadabhai Naoroji, Chanakya, Veer Savarkar, and believe it or not, Mahatma Gandhi as well. He was also the editor of Marathi newspaper called-Agrani.

During his court statement, one of the most important points that he highlighted was the fact that Gandhi’s increasing influence on Congress after Lokamanya Tilak’s death was clear indicator about his self-conceit.

Godse said Gandhi’s slogan of non-violence and truth along with his public awakening activities were undoubtedly phenomenal. However, when it comes to facing the British, it becomes everyone’s moral duty to overpower such armed enemy with the use of force. Ravan was killed by Ram in Ramayana. Kansa was killed by Krishna in Mahabharata. In the recent times, evil Afzal Khan was overpowered because Shivaji Maharaj had decided to destroy Muslim Empire in India. But if you go by Gandhi’s claim, Guru Gobind Singh, Rana Pratap, and Shivaji Maharaj were misguided patriots.

Besides illogical claims, Gandhi’s anti-Hindu and pro-Muslim stand is what annoyed Godse the most. The young man pointed out in the court that Gandhi had done an excellent job in South Africa for the Indian community, but when he came back to India, he started behaving in a biased manner. He considered himself as the complainant, judge, jury and lawyer to decide what’s right or wrong. Leaders in Congress did understand this, however, they had no other option but to tolerate him as they required his leadership.

According to Godse, Gandhi never shared technique, detailed plans about his disobedience movements with anyone. He had kept the authority to start and withdraw civil disobedience movements with himself.

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Muslim appeasement

As per 39-year-old’s statement in the court, Gandhi was so much involved in Muslim appeasement that he tried to declare Hindustani (mixture of Urdu and Hindi) as India’s national language. It was done only because Muslims did not like Hindi.

This was just the beginning. The person who went on Hindu-Muslim unity fast remained silent when Hindus were murdered by Muslim League’s members from 1946 onward. Women were raped; men and kids were murdered in various parts of the country. Viceroy Lord Wavell declined to use his power in order to stop the bloodshed. He was later replaced by Lord Mountbatten. Congress led by champions of secularism like Nehru and Gandhi gave up in front of Jinnah and divided the country.

Nehru and Gandhi took lion’s share of credit for gaining independence. Thousands of Hindus died horrible death in India as well as in East, West Bangladesh during partition. Gandhi could have easily protested against treatment given to Shikhs and Hindus in Pakistan. But, he was just interested in appeasing Muslims.

(This reminds me of Kejriwal and Digvijaya Singh)

Even after independence, Gandhi continued his pro-Muslim approach, and did not utter a single word in support of Hindus who faced violent attacks in Pakistan. Gandhi was completely aware that Muslims in Pakistan as well as Jinnah were not at all influenced by his fast.

Gandhi and Nehru’s decision to give millions of rupees to Pakistan after partition even after Pakistan’s invasion attempts in Kashmir was not appreciated by many, including Godse.

The young man said in the court that he thought he has lost his honor, value, and was ruined because of Gandhi. Thus, killing Gandhi would make sure that India becomes practical, its army would become powerful, and the country will become good enough to reply to Pakistan’s actions. Gandhi’s assignation was necessary for nation building.

Godse said he also knew people would hate him, and his life would be ruined after assassinating Gandhi, who often acted like the father of Pakistan, instead of India.

“I shot at the person whose policies and actions destroyed lives of millions of Hindus and made their life miserable. There was no legal way to make him pay for his offenses and so there was no option but to fire those shots. I accept what I have done and I do not want anyone to beg mercy for me.”

His comments must have aroused a multitude of emotions in everyone’s heart. At least some people in the courtroom must have developed feelings of affection towards Gandhi’s assassin. Even Godse himself must have felt that sense of pride after putting his side of the story in front of the judges.

In order to share details about Godse’s contribution and sacrifice with the next generation, the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha has taken several initiatives. Congress and its historians have almost erased Godse’s real identity. He was a patriot and was not a hooligan since childhood, as projected by Congress. Anyway, today, Congress Party’s pro-terrorist and pro-corrupt ideology stands exposed in front of the people.


Nitten Gokhaley

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