Year 1948, January 30, Gandhi was shot by Godse during a prayer ceremony in Delhi. Prime Minister Nehru announced to the world “Light has gone out of our lives. Gandhi, who we fondly call Bapu was gone.
Historians and scholars have written extensively on “who killed Gandhi and why?” and the answer, obviously, doesn’t end with Godse. Godse speech in court why he pumped three bullet in Mahatma’s chest provides a glimpse into the politics of the assassination.
Godse told in the court “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, I bear no ill will towards anyone individually, but I do say that I had no respect for the present government owing to their policy, which was unfairly favorable towards the Muslims. But at the same time I could clearly see that the policy was entirely due to the presence of Gandhi.” This radical thinking of Godse confirm that there is much bigger hands behind the killing of Gandhi, maybe a political more than an ideology. Godse love for country fell in the hand of wrong political party that made him take the life of very person who guided India towards Independence.
Aakar Patel, writing in Outlook magazine few days back had said “Little of what Nathuram says makes sense by way of logic. It was his (Godse’s) hatred of the secular ideology of Gandhi, the true Hindu spirit that he is finally opposed to, having been brainwashed thoroughly by the RSS.”. Godse was not alone, there was a bigger conspiracy.
Extensive research by scholars and historians has shown the involvement of Sarvarkar, the then chief of Hindu Mahasabha(now BJP) in the planning and killing of Gandhi.
There are 2 ways people understand the nationalism in India.
1. People who consider Hinduism to be its central feature of it.
2. People who consider everyone who identifies with and adopts India to be Indian.
Savarkar identified India as a Hindu nation while Gandhi and Nehru opposed him. The Savarkar understanding of Hinduism was not different from hindu but against Hindu. The principle of Hinduism of ONE god for divine human to exist in unity and harmony was either not understood by the RSS and Savarkar or their intention have always been political.
The RSS extremist ideology which killed Gandhi is the same that threatens India Today. The same communal forces and their ideology prevails in our country in the form of Ghar Wapsi and Love Jihad campaigns.
May the teaching of Gandhi embed in our heart and heal the country.