Nathuram Godse is one of the most mysterious characters in the Indian history about whom nothing much is available in documents. He was sentenced to death after executing the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. However, there is a lot of misinformation propagated about him by the successive governments.

Plight of Hindu and Sikh refugees:

Nathuram Godse, though branded a Hindu fanatic by successive governments of the country was a person with a kind heart which felt the pain of others. It was only after witnessing the plight of the Hindu and Sikh refugees that received lots of brutalities at the hands of Muslims in Pakistan, Godse became determined to execute Mahatma Gandhi who, according to him, was the prime reason for inviting such fate to the people of his country.

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Muslim appeasement:

Nathuram Godse was a devout nationalist who could not bear the development of Gandhi appeasing the Muslim population of the country especially Jinnah and being overly generous to Pakistan. Similar to many other youths in the country, Godse found Jinnah’s politics as mere blackmail and could not stand the fact that his motherland was divided into two parts in front of his eyes.

Avid Vir Savarkar follower:

He was among the very few who believed in the ideology of Vir Savarkar in a real way and moulded his thinking accordingly. Though he followed writings of Gandhi too, he was more influenced by Savarkar’s works and it was quite late (during BJP rule) that Savarkar model found application in the working of the country that would strengthen the social and economic set-up of the country. So he could also be termed as a visionary of his time. Though, his ideology was pro-Hindu but structurally faultless.

Freedom Fighter:

Unlike many other freedom fighters of the time, Nathuram Godse was a prominent name for his activities on the ground level. He followed Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement completely and could be termed as a valuable freedom fighter of the country. Had he not killed Gandhi, he would have been named as one of the foremost freedom fighters of the time, undoubtedly.

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A writer and editor:

Nathuram Godse was hailed as a very learned man of his time and he even ran a newspaper named “Agrani” along with his partner in crime Apte. He was the editor of the newspaper and wrote articles for it. This shows the level of his intellect and devotion towards the people of the nation.

Man with a cause:

Although, killing of Mahatma Gandhi cannot be justified in any way, Godse’s side of the story has always been suppressed by successive governments of the country. Not only were his books banned, he was also charged with sedition. He was always a man with a cause and after executing Gandhi he stood his ground and even called the police to arrest him. Alas, the story behind the scene could never come out in the open.

Kind hearted soul:

Those who label Godse to be Hindu fanatic are wrong in their facts and should recheck the source of misinformation. Nathuram Godse was a much learned man who worked with Hindu families during the time of partition without harming any Muslim. The majority of the Hindus and Muslims on both sides were busy spreading violence during the time of partition, but Godse not only helped the people of every religion, he saved their lives from the violent mob. The misinformation of him being a Hindu fanatic has been propagated wrongly by the government of the time.

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Social activist:

A Brahmin by birth, Nathuram Godse was brought up in a traditional Hindu culture. However, he grew up into a person with an independent ideology that differentiated him from others. He was very intelligent and didn’t value superstitions and social evils like untouchability. He even joined anti-caste movements and fought against such social evils of society with complete zeal.

Nathuram Godse Worshipped Gandhi from core of his heart:

It is said that Nathuram Godse was one of the strongest supporters of Gandhi during his youth days and even worshipped him for his ideologies related to life and nation. He bred no personal hatred against Gandhi and even bowed before the Mahatma during the morning prayers, just before he fired shots at him.

From Gandhi’s supporter to killer:

Though the majority of the Indians know that Nathuram Godse was a Gandhi follower, very few know the reason behind his decision to shoot the Father of the Nation. As per some documents written by Godse, the primary reason behind his assassination of Gandhi was the latter’s adherence to the  unjustified demand by Jinnah for issuing Rs. 55 crore for Pakistan. It is believed that at that time most youth in the country supported this decision.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Most of the claims being made about Godse’s personality/behaviour require some solid evidences. Without any citings, how can one say whether Godse helped everyone irrespective of religion, that Godse was against untouchability, etc. ?

    • It is a fact that Shri Godse bowed to Mahatmaji before shooting him. It shows his reverence for Bapu. As regards other facts given in the article, these need documentary evidence so that justice is done to all stake holders.
      Still I personally feel that he might have taken the decision of killing of the Mahatma when had no options…………..

  2. Gandhi’s creates many mistakes ….it was
    MK gandhi , JL Nehru whose mistakes makes us still not independent from reservation .
    keeping the present scenarios after 65 years of independence we have still reservation n again indian political dogs who bark for seat . . ..put society in exile.
    i support justice of HC Gujarat who openly clear before every one the present status …
    ….. we must be developed n grow fully when we cut division of society on grounds of caste .

    • अबे पागल गए हो क्या?? आरक्षण आंबेडकर की देन है गांधी की नहीं। और आरक्षण भी सिर्फ 10 साल के लिए लागु किया गया था।तुम लोग IAS की तयारी कर रहे हो और आरक्षण के लिए गांधी को दोषी ठहरा रहे हो। फिर तो बन चुके आप लोकसेवा अधिकारी।

      • If you may know reservations were given for only 10 years after independence but congress government extended it so indirectly it is the fault of Gandhi family

  3. Good to see that some one knows the #original truth behind gandhi assassination and godhse..

  4. Nathuram Godse Bhagat Singh and many like this is real hero of country where we live indepent. But Some indian for our selfiesh reason for politics like Jina and other. They Killed the hero of the nation.

  5. आज अगर Nathuram Godse Bhagat Singh Chandrasaikher Azad होते तो हमारा देश बहुत खूशहाल होता. पर चंद राजनेताओ कि वजह से ये जातिवाद आरकशण लाकर देश को बरबाद कर दीया.

  6. There was many different ideologies among various social, political reformers, freedom fighters, conservatives, liberals. Some of them supported and hated English rules. The rule was nuisance as well as beneficial to some extent. We can’t judge them. Accept what we gained. Both were just.

  7. The very concept of reservation came in second round table conference in 1932 in which mahatma and babasaheb also participated by stopping the Civil disobedience movement . No one could reach the consensus as Baba Saheb was asking for Communal award but mahatma opposed stating it is not the time to fight among our self. Mhatma left the conference and reached India but got arrested and sent to Puna Jail. Meanwhile britishers granted communal award to them so mahatma started fasting, however after negotiation mahatma agreed to given reservation. The same concept is carried over in our constitution also.

  8. i know ,Godse was right.every indian should know about him and his sacrifice .he must be remain alive in out heart

  9. Tum log arakshan ki bt karte ho, isame galat kya h .agar ye ni hota to sc/st ki kya halat hoti. Aj bhi desh me isi soch se sc/st ki bahut sari seat khali hai. Jb barabari la dena tb arakshan khatam karne ki bt karna

    • Jab aap ek group of people dekte ho toh aap bata skate ho ki group mai Jon sc hai aur non general…..nhi bta sakte
      Yeh differences in San seats ki wajah se hi hai yeh nhi hota to kisi ko farak nhi pdta ki kon ki caste se hai….ab reservations surf vote banks hain aur much nhi

    • Economic basis pe kro Jo karna hai..general me qa gareeb Ni hain?kab tk ye chlta rhega?
      People have taken this as a reason to study less not more.Upliftment chl rahi hai..

    • Aapke aarkshan se kisi ko dukh nhi hoga bt iska asli mja kon le rha h dukh to ees bat ka h…or aarkshan mile bt ees stage pr kyo…pre primary, primary, secondary education level pr kyo nhi…whi par kch achha kyo nhi soch lete …jha ese bchhe jo gribi ke karan school hi nhi ja pate unhe aarkshan kb kaam aya…

    • So you are talking about equality. Let me tell you Mr. Intelligent equality is only possible if reservation is made on economical basis. Caste reservation would only widen the gap as educated class also looks down upon them as being inferior as they get what some other person deserves. Moreover those who actually need it don’t avail the benefits. It would be better if needy people get financial help from beginning and if reservation has to be given it should be on economical basis. This system has continued just because politician want to keep their vote bank safe not for anybody’s betterment as it makes rich richer and poor poorer. Education would have solved this problem of untouchability and all but reservation is not letting all Indians to stand together.

  10. godse against untouchbility? ? I want to say that reservation should be eradicated from sc and St who r now capable and should be given to bpl people irrespective of caste and religion.But again BPL process should be clean and transparent. ….

    • @viskas The article is not about untouchability.and if you say that the reservation should be eradicted for sc and st.then how do you justify the fact that those people have faced untouchability for more then 3 centuries.and what does the sentence”But again BPL process should be clean and transparent. ….” Mean?

  11. It is very surprising to know that IAS aspirants are unaware about the book “May It Please Your Honour”.
    This is the authentic book about the trial of Nathuram Godse. It’s a copy of the legal proceedings.
    It is available now in bookstores in India.
    This book was banned in India by successive govts.
    Pls read it thoroughly. You will learn about the reasons for Gandhi being put to rest.

  12. Barabari ki baat nii h… Yha p baat iski h Ki tamam log aese hai Jo bhut rich h,,unko aarakshan ki kya jrurat aur bhut ce aese Brahman h Jo garib h,,,
    To khne ka matlb yh hai k reservation Ho but caste k basis p na Ho. Har caste h ekdm garib logon ko hi aarakshan mile. Tbhi desh ka vikas hoga.

  13. How can u say he was against untouchability and he followed Gandhiji. How can you say that he helped every religion? Cite the sources for reference. If you do not have any, do not mislead the people. The writing is showing your inclination towards Godse.

  14. Reservation is not for the eradication of poverty- but to give proportionate participation in the execution of low to provide equal justice to all especially the suppressed population though they are in majority..

  15. गांधी को मारने की साजिश 1934 में ही शुरू हो गयी थी , पांच असफल प्रयास के बाद 30 January 1948 को सफल हो गया था। इसलिए नाथूराम गोडसे को और भारत के बटवारे को न जोड़े |||| ये hatred mongers में से एक था |||||||||

  16. Its very good that v come to knw abt reality n abt gandhi. Now a days the reason for reservations is only vote bank.So I think youth shud come forward to get rid of it indirectly. I think youth from general category shud not vote for any politician as if v dnt have any sort of reservation. If reservation is for sc n st rather than on the basis of economic condition thn politian shud seek vote only frm thm not from general. HOPE U WUD SUPPORT ME IN THS RESPECT N WUD BREAK THE ICE IN RESPECT OF RESERVATION. Bcz its the reality that World suffer nt bcz of the violence of bad people bt suffer bcz of silence of gud people. So raise ur voice✌

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