Who is Godse and Why he killed Gandhi?

Malini VK - Infobite  May 24, 2019

Who is Godse and Why he killed Gandhi?

Indian history witnessed some of the unexpected death of many political leaders and the most notable one was the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • August 15, 1947 India was partitioned into two dominions, India, and Pakistan. Punjab and Bengal were the states with Muslim majority. These states were partitioned according to Hindu and Muslim population.

  • Partitioning was not easy as slicing a cake. It asked for nearly 2 million people lives and 14 million were displaced.

  • Hindu-Muslim clash was common in India from late 1900's. Partitioning turned out to be an oil in the burning fire.

  • Partition kindled the inner fire in some people like Godse. According to him, Gandhi was responsible for dividing India and the bloodshed happened to Hindus.

  • Nathuram Vinayak Godse was an active member of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and an ardent supporter of Hindu Nationalism.

  • Godse further claimed that Gandhi was showing more favor to Muslims in terms of funding and concessions. He was upset with Gandhi's willingness to ignore non-Muslim interests so he thought Indian Politics without Gandhi would be more practical and powerful.

  • Godse and his mates first attempted to kill Gandhi on January 20, 1948 by throwing a grenade. But it turned out to be failure.

  • On January 30, 1948 Godse approached Gandhi during an evening prayer and shot him in the chest three times. Gandhi was taken back o his room where he died shortly.

  • Godse was put on trial at Punjab High Court and sentenced to death. On November 15, 1949 Godse was hanged.

Does Gandhi opposed partition?

  • Gandhi's role in partition became a serious subject to be discussed.

  • Majority claimed that Gandhi opposed partition until the very end. It was the congress leadership who accepted Mountbatten's plan to divide the country.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel accepted the partitioning idea without consulting Gandhi to form strong and centralized Indian Government by neutralizing Muslim league ministers.

  • People who were against Gandhi added that he remained silent and did not take any step to stop the partition.