Nathuram Godse, best known as the killer of the ‘Father of The Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi was the activist of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was once a Gandhi follower but differences on a few subjects pushed him to assassinate Gandhi. Godse shot Gandhi thrice and killed him. The accused enjoyed countrywide support, easy and unlimited funds and supplies. This could not have been possible without organisational involvement. There were two organisations with whom all the accused were closely associated – the ‘RSS’ and the ‘Hindu Mahasabha’. For some strange reason, despite clues and confessions, these two organisations were never investigated.
Not much is known about Godse except the fact he killed Bapu. On this day, we have a list of the facts that you should definitely know about Nathuram Vinayak Godse
- Godse was named Ramachandra at birth. There’s a very interesting story behind his being named Nathuram. Nathuram had three brothers and a sister, with all of the three boys dying in their infancy. His parents believed that there’s a curse circling the male children of the family. When Nathuram was born, he was brought up like a girl. He was even made to wear a nose-ring (Nath in Marathi) for the first few years of his life. This is how he earned the name Nathuram. His parents switched to treating him as a boy when his younger brother was born.
- It is said that during his school days, Nathu had tremendous respect for Gandhi. He had even followed Gandhi in his civil disobedience movement.
- During the Indian independence movement, Godse decided to drop out of school and become an activist with Hindu nationalist organisations Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Hindu Mahasabha
- He was known as a very learned man of his time. Godse believed in the ideology of Vir Savarkar.
- Godse ran a newspaper named Agrani, along with his partner in crime Narayan Apte. He was the editor of the newspaper and even wrote articles for it.
- It is said that Godse was upset with Gandhi being extremely generous to the Muslim population of the country, especially Jinnah.
- It is also believed that Godse couldn’t stand the fact Gandhi was supporting India’s division into two parts.
- Godse approached Gandhi on January 30, 1948, during the evening prayer at 5:17 pm. He shot Gandhi in the chest three times.
- Following a trial, Godse and Apte were hanged on November 15 in the year 1949 at Ambala Jail.
Sacrifice for militant Hinduism
In assassinating Gandhi, Nathuram gave his otherwise ordinary life a new meaning. This was perhaps the reason why he pleaded with the government not to show him mercy and send him to the gallows. His masculinity had been asserted. He had sacrificed himself for promoting the idea of militant Hinduism. He had killed the man who was sacrilegiously turning Hindus effeminate. Godse’s brand of assertive, militant Hinduism finds an echo in such slogans as “Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain” ‒ say with pride that we are Hindu.