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Indian ultra-right party honors the assassin of nation's father, Mahatma Gandhi

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Sixty-nine years after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, a "shrine" dedicated to his killer Nathuram Godse was set up in Guwalior by the Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday (November 15), Hindustan Times reported.

The ultra-right-wing organization installed a bust of Godse inside its office premises amid Vedic chants to mark the anniversary of his execution.

Leaders of the Mahasabha said every Tuesday they will perform "akhand bharat (Greater India) aarti in the temple" to apprise the younger generation about Godse's life and vision.

The term akhand bharat or Greater India is most commonly used to encompass the historical and geographic extent of all political entities of the Indian subcontinent, and the regions that are culturally linked to India or received significant Indian cultural influence.

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A Gwalior-based leader of the Mahasabha Jaiveer Bhardwaj told HT that they were forced to set up the shrine inside their office building as the district administration did not give permission and land for the temple.

"We had applied for permission on November 9, but district authorities denied it. So we finally decided to set up the temple inside our building in the Daulatganj area of the city", he said.

Bhardwaj said the "temple" would created awareness among the younger generation about the historical events surrounding the life of Godse, which, he claimed, is often distorted, and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 by Britain to establish Pakistan.

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He said Godse had spent time in Gwalior and it was from here he went to Delhi to kill Mahatma Gandhi.

Assassination of Gandhi

On January 30, 1948, Nathuram Godse, a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), shot Mahatma Gandhi three times and killed him in Delhi.

Godse and his fellow conspirators Digambar Badge, Gopal Godse, Narayan Apte, Vishnu Karkare, and Madanlal Pahwa were identified as prominent members of the Hindu Mahasabha.

Along with them, police arrested Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who was suspected of being the mastermind behind the plot.

Savarkar coined the term Hindutva (Hinduness) to create a collective "Hindu" identity as an essence of Bharat (India).

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While the trial resulted in convictions and judgments against the others, Savarkar was released on a technicality, even though there was evidence that the plotters met Savarkar only days before carrying out the murder and had received the blessings of Savarkar.

The Kapur Commission in 1967 established that Savarkar was in close contact with the plotters for many months.

The governing Bharatiya Janata Party is widely seen as the political arm of the umbrella Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, or National Volunteer Corps).

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Dear Abdus-Sattar: Thank you so much for posting this article. Although it is shocking and stomach-turning, especially for a Gandhi devotee and practitioner like me for the past 43 years, I can see that knowing about such crazy things shows us how deranged the world really is, to put up statues and to honor this man, Naturam Godse, who killed one of the greatest humans who ever lived.


I will take the time to post your article, and to share it widely on some of my Facebook pages, and with some of the groups I administer, plus the one I started, Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Win in 2020.


I was born almost exactly 24 hours after Mohandas was assassinated but I discovered his sterling illuminating example on my own, and applied his precepts in my own efforts to end the Arms Race between the USSR and the USA.


I encourage you to write much more about this, and at least send your article to the big guys like the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's, etc.


Here is a stirring movie on the Salt March (in two parts, and this is Part I) for those who have never seen actual footage of this:



The Great Salt March (Part I) From the archives of Doordarshan, India's National Broadcaster, a presentation on India's struggle for freedom - The Great Sal March of Mahatma Gandhi ...
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