Who killed Gandhi, was it really Nathuram Godse?

Ever since we were kids, we have grown hearing that it was Nathuram Godse who killed Gandhi. We have been taught in schools that Godse’s ideology was against Gandhi Ahimsa mantra which was the main reason he revolted against Gandhi and ultimately indulged in heinous crime of killing Gandhi. There were many people who agreed what Nathuram Godse said in his final speech in court which is penned down in the book “Why I Killed Gandhi?”

However not many know the real story of what exactly happened on the day Gandhi was shot, since our country politicians, especially from the Nehru dynasty are well known to distort facts and twist stories. BG Keskar, a well known lawyer had been working on the case since years and had recorded few shocking facts on assassination of Gandhi. His book “Who killed Gandhiji? Not Godse, who then? describes how the country was fooled with a fake story for over 60 years.

In his books, he goes to tell after Godse was arrested and produced in court, he was asked to give statement on the assassination of Gandhi in which he confessed to have killed Gandhi using a pistol. There was no cross examination conducted on him and his words were considered final. Most importantly, the police did not produce the two key witness of the incidents who had claimed that even before Godse took out his pistol, one person from behind Godse wearing a kurta-Pyjama had shot Gandhi from below the right shoulder of Godse. They had stated that Godse then was still doing namaskar to Gandhi with folded hands. These women were none other than the ladies who accompanied Gandhi with his hands on their shoulders. But this whole issue was completely buried.

BG Keskar writes, when more information was collected, many eye witness had said that when Godse took out his pistol to shoot Gandhi, an officer had caught him immediately and Gandhiji’s supporters standing beside him had hit Godse on his head from behind and pistol was snatched from his hand. This entire sequence has been recorded by the police when they filed FIR. The police records also say that the gun which was seized from Godse was completely loaded and no bullet was fired from it, which shows Godse was caught even before he took a shot at Gandhi.

So why weren’t all these information submitted in court?

In any murder case, the procedure says that the body be sent to postmortem, but there was no postmortem conducted on Gandhi. Gandhiji was not just any man, he was one of the biggest icon of the country and yet the courts never asked for a postmortem report! One more mysterious incident was that Nathuram Godse is said to have used an Italian Pistol. The police who gave his statement in the court had said that when Nathuram Godse shot Gandhi he heard high intensity sound and hence turned back and noticed that there was smoke coming from Godse’s gun. But this police man was dumb enough not to know that Godse’s Italian made gun model NEVER emitted SMOKE nor made NOISE!

One more interesting fact is that, when the police made the inquest report, it was said that 3 bullets were shot at Gandhi, which entered the body through lower chest and exited the from the right shoulder. But the ballistic experts had recovered four bullets. When Gandhiji’s body was being prepared for the last rites, his associates have said to have found one bullet stuck in his dhoti, which was not the Italian pistol bullet. But no investigation was conducted from where did the fourth bullet come!

The courts showed no interest to investigate the case and question any key witness who were present when the incident happened. Moreover the judge who heard the proceedings of Gandhi was none other than G D Koshla, the same person who declared Netaji died in a plane crash in 1945. He was a close aide of former Prime Minister Nehru.

There was another incident which raises serious questions as to whether the Gandhi’s assignation plot was a work of an insider. Just 10 days before Gandhi’s assassination, that is on 20th January 1948 there was a bomb blast reported in Birla Mandir, the same place where Gandhi was shot. Following the incident, then Prime Minister Nehru had given security cover to Gandhi. So how did the assassination take place in the same place even after providing security?

Subramanian Swamy who has been following this case very closely had raised many serious doubts about an anonymous person’s role in Gandhiji’s assassination. The refusal to conduct postmortem, the extra bullet and the man who shot Gandhi even before Godse clearly shows that there is a deep conspiracy in Gandhi’s murder.

So who killed Gandhi?

According to few experts, the biggest beneficiary after Gandhiji’s death was none other than Jawaharlal Nehru. Although history books say that Gandhi and Nehru were close aides, fact was, there were huge differences between them which had made Gandhi to distrust Nehru. Gandhi believed that Nehru wanted total control of the party, due to which he had sidelined all efficient leaders in the Congress. Especially B R Ambedkar and Subasha Chandra Bose. There were huge clamour growing from Gandhi supporters that the Congress party must be divided. This issue was bothering Nehru since years. The only way to stop the rebels was to stop the voice of Gandhi.

Nobody knows who was the man in kurta-pyjamas who shot Gandhi, as there was no investigation conducted. However, Subramanian Swamy has been digging out few records and details from different sources which may soon give a hint to know who was the man!

Why did Godse accept he shot Gandhi?

Godse has always been a hater of Gandhi’s ideology and had planned to eliminate Gandhi for his blunders of partition and Kashmir issue. He could have given a statement in the court that he did not fire and could have demanded the court to record the statement of the ladies who claimed that a man behind Godse was the one who fired at Gandhi. The possible reason Godse accepted he killed Gandhi was because he may have wanted to project himself as a revolutionist and did not want to give away the title to someone else.

Credit: B G Keskar.


Aishwarya S