He was the third among the four sons of Vinayak Godse and Lakshmi who survived infancy. Nathuram was his eldest living brother. His primary education began at Karjat in Raigad District , and continued at Ratnagiri. After his father retired, his family settled at Sangli , and he passed the matriculation exam. He worked as a volunteer for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Simultaneously, he worked for the Hindu Mahasabha as well, but without enrolling as a member.
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What do I even say? Especially when I am so conflicted on how I feel about the assassination, which is at the core of this book. However, just to be clear, at-least on that front, my recommendation is clear: read this book.
Which truth be told, is not all propaganda. Because Gandhi did do some truly great work, if nothing else, then he must be applauded for sustaining a mass movement for freedom and standing up for a lot of noble values. But do read it. Again, all of it is just my opinion, and I will totally understand if you disagree. All I ask is that if you feel compelled to share your dissent, do so in a respectful manner.
What is this Book About? But let that not discredit the value that this book holds, the opinions expressed in here, and the insight into the mind of the assassin who killed Gandhi. In this other book, Gopal Godse narrates his accounts of all the events and takes the readers through the day of assassination till the day Nathuram Godse was hanged. Spoiler alert: Not much. Partly because books like this one, were until recently, banned in India.
But mostly and truthfully because I had accepted the Congress propaganda on this, much before I knew the meaning of the word propaganda. Because it provided a simple explanation. Because it gave me the truth I wanted to believe. That Gandhi was a truly great man, who freed the country from British Rule through non-violence. And Godse was a man who truly admired Gandhi, but had to kill him because of ideological differences. But when he finally returned to India he developed a subjective mentality under which he alone was to be the final judge of what was right or wrong.
If the country wanted his leadership, it had to accept his infallibility; if it did not, he would stand aloof from the Congress and carry on his own way. He alone was the Judge of everyone and every thing; he was the master brain guiding the civil disobedience movement; no other could know the technique of that movement.
He alone knew when to begin and when to withdraw it. Thus, the Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. These childish insanities and obstinacies, coupled with a most severe austerity of life, ceaseless work and lofty character made Gandhi formidable and irresistible. So it is important to understand and review history before one can fully grasp the current reality.
Now in an ideal world, this history will be factual recording of events. But in the real world, no such thing exists. Pun totally intended. All of which I find acceptable. Because dissent in a democracy is important to keep it vibrant and thriving. But murder is not a tool of dissent. But violent extremism has no place in a democracy. And there are no two ways about the fact that this assassination was the result of an extremist ideology.
But like most things, looking at it only from this one lens would be wrong. Godse saw India as a Hindu nation and Muslims as infiltrators. But be that as it may, he got driven to violence when he saw that Hindus were getting persecuted in their own country, to suit the political will of a few.
And on this account at-least, his aggravation was valid. Because Gandhi was pretty openly biased and all his social experiments and dharna dramatics were at the cost of Hindus. And it was this ideology of religious bias and political convenience that gave birth to the Godse brand of extremism. Once again, nothing justifies murder, but understanding what led to the crime, is as important as knowing of the crime.
Because otherwise like Winston Churchill said — Those who fail to learn from history, are condemned to repeat it. Because as far as arguments go, this was a well argued one.
One that exposed the dark side of a man who is widely celebrated across the country, and even internationally. Because you cannot, should not, take law in your own hands. That is of-course my opinion, and some might disagree, because we all have a unique moral compass that determines what the right thing to do in any situation is.
But at the same time I felt that the Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would be powerful with armed forces. No doubt, my own future would be totally ruined, but the nation would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan.
People may even call me and dub me as devoid of any sense or foolish, but the nation would be free to follow the course founded on the reason which I consider to be necessary for sound nation-building. After having fully considered the question, I took the final decision in the matter, but I did not speak about it to anyone whatsoever.
I took courage in both my hands and I did fire the shots at Gandhiji on 30th January , on the prayer-grounds of Birla House. I do say that my shots were fired at the person whose policy and action had brought rack and ruin and destruction to millions of Hindus.
There was no legal machinery by which such an offender could be brought to book and for this reason I fired those fatal shots.
But I would like to add that I do not desire any mercy, nor do I wish that anyone else should beg for mercy on my behalf. My conviction about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by criticism leveled against it on all sides.
I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof someday in the future. But be that as it may, I have to admit that I too wonder if his intended noble ideal was achieved? Because, sure, Gandhi is dead. But even after 7 decades of independence, Congress is still very much a hot mess of dynastic politics.
Different family, same name, same old feudalistic tendencies. But to be fair, no one knows what would have happened had Gandhi lived. Would it have been much worse under the unfair, sometimes unreasonable ways of a leader who thought himself to be infallible? Or would the people have seen through his biased modus operandi and rejected his leadership? Either way, killing the man was NOT the solution. Opposing him was. Final Thoughts As things stand today, these men might be dead, but their ideology is not.
In that sense both Gandhi and Godse are still very much alive in India today. But I believe all is not lost. Not when a country is 1. And I feel one way to do that is to read, review history from all angles, all perspectives. From the narratives that are published in school textbooks to the ones that are banned.
My Thoughts On: Why I Killed Gandhi by Nathuram Godse
What do I even say? Especially when I am so conflicted on how I feel about the assassination, which is at the core of this book. However, just to be clear, at-least on that front, my recommendation is clear: read this book. Which truth be told, is not all propaganda. Because Gandhi did do some truly great work, if nothing else, then he must be applauded for sustaining a mass movement for freedom and standing up for a lot of noble values. But do read it. Again, all of it is just my opinion, and I will totally understand if you disagree.
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Faelar What is unfortunate is the ideological stagnation of India since that time. My friends booo greeted me, and arranged a small ceremony. Thus, the Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. But he and his supporters including Nehru did all for saving their own thrones post independence. Oct 11, Vineeth Kartha rated it it was amazing. His arguments were concrete and was completely articulated with facts with dates.
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