Gandhiji – Was his assassination justified ?

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This essay is not intended to hurt the sentiments of any religion. It is a personal and probably insignificant analysis of Gandhi and Godse idelogies by a random citizen of India. First of all, Nathuram Godse who is taken to be an extremist Hindu who could not stand Muslims in India or the idea of secularism was not such an extremist actually. He had his own reasons. Had it been another man from common India who thought like Gandhi, there was no need to assassinate. But Gandhi could steer the political panorama of India so poignantly that he could not be avoided. But were his crimes so great that he deserved to be killed?

Probably yes.

Gandhiji was not a man with bad thoughts but very bad ideas. He was a great man, no doubt. But he was not worth running a nation with his impractical ideologies. It was not Gandhi who led India to freedom.

How can one be so partial that to emphasise the significance of non-violence in a morally great India, that the credit of Independence utterly goes to one man- the Gandhi.

He has given us a book of great thoughts; The Idealist and Robin Sharma often quote him. But that does not prove that Gandhiji was a great leader. He was in fact, a very bad leader. Non-violence does not come into action in a war. While thousands of real Indian freedom fighters died saving the honour of their motherland, this man was busy showing the significance of non-violence. Was it actually Ahimsa which led us to freedom? Then what the Gandhi dialogue- Do or Die was all about- fasting to death??? Sorry but it is like the concept of fast to get a work done like a silly teenager. So incompatible with what we needed. Oh don’t give back up with logics like that British did listen to Gandhiji when he fasted. They did it as they were brilliant entrepreneurs. They knew that the sheep and lamb mob of India worshipped Gandhiji. So they agreed to only those conditions of Gandhiji which were not detrimental for the British Empire.

Why did not Gandhiji try fasting to death demanding total Independence from British?

Because he knew that he would actually end up fasting to death, without any repercussions on British strength.

If we had left it all on Gandhiji, if there were no revolutionaries or activists, if there were no Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Bhagat Singh or Chandrashekhar Azaad and we followed the path showed by Gandhi, we would still have been writing applications to British Government.

When violence does become necessary? When it comes to self-defence, it is no more a crime. It is in fact the Karma. No wonder that what Gandhiji said or preached was very moral and sounded quite ethical; still it was not what we needed in the War against British. They who were laden with high tech arms and ammunition and oppressing us to death, do you think that non-violence or love-letters could solve the situation or change their minds? They were here to make money and cared for nothing else. So, Gandhiji with his thoughts was not what we needed.

When there is darkness all around, even a single lamp seems to be sun. That is what Gandhiji emerged as in the end of 19th century. He spoke positively and yes, he did inspire people to be good. But, when the struggle for freedom caught pace and our patriotic fighters were getting trampled mercilessly by British, was it the time for standing still and offering other cheek for a crisp slap? Beyond ridiculous, seriously.

Our Freedom, the sacred 15th of August in 1947 owes it all to the great leaders who fought with proper logic, practical ideology, extreme bravery and selfless love for nation. It owes to the unknown Indians who in their little unknown villages died fighting for nation. The final movements which led us to a free dawn were not what Gandhiji devised. It was from the Practical leaders of India and the revolutionaries who inspired Indians to act right.

What Gandhiji did in South Africa was commendable. How he unified India with his impressive thoughts was great. But how he drove the politics of India was not right.

Post-independence scenes- Gandhiji was responsible for the creation of Pakistan. Was not he? Any idea how much bloodshed, pain and tragedy followed the partition? Gandhiji talked of secularism but on many occasions supported the idea of separate state for Muslims. The extreme hatred between Hindus and Muslims owe a fraction of it to Gandhiji.

My family is a simple Hindu one. My grandparents never taught us to believe in the anti-Muslim ideology. Still, I could see they did not quite like the Muslims. Similarly, the Muslims hate Hindus. They all have their reasons. I don’t need to cite any particular source here. My grandfather was born in 1922. He saw the aftermath of partition in late 1940’s. My grandmother told me hesitatingly that how Hindu and Sikh refugees were killed brutally by Muslims. She shuddered while telling that Muslims used to rape Hindu and Sikh women like beasts. They used to chop off their breasts with swords and stab the genitals of little girls with broken glass bottles. My grandparents had seen those and lived the fury. Hence, nothing could erase those anti-Muslim memories. Similarly, Hindus must have been brutal to Muslims which created a never ending rift in their hearts.

Nathuram Godse too had seen worse of such violence post partition. He was a Hindu supporter and blamed Gandhiji for both the partition and pathetic state of Hindus in India.

He quoted, “I don’t refute Gandhi’s theory of non-violence. He may be a saint but he is not a politician. His theory of non-violence denies self-defence and self-interest. The non-violence that defines the fight for survival as violence is a theory not of non-violence but of self-destruction. The division of the nation was an unnecessary decision. What was the percentage of the Muslim population as compared to the population of the nation? There was no need for a separate nation. Had it been a just demand, Maulana Azad would not have stayed back in India. But because Jinnah insisted and because Gandhi took his side, India was divided, in spite of opposition from the nation, the Cabinet. An individual is never greater than a nation.

In a democracy you cannot put forward your demands at knife-point. Jinnah did it and Gandhi stabbed the nation with the same knife. He dissected the land and gave a piece to Pakistan. We did picket that time but in vain. The Father of our Nation went to perform his paternal duties for Pakistan! Gandhi blackmailed the cabinet with his fast unto death. His body, his threats to die are causing the destruction — geographical as well as economical — of the nation. Today, Muslims have taken a part of the nation, tomorrow Sikhs may ask for Punjab. The religions are again dividend into castes, they will demand sub-divisions of the divisions. What remains of the concept of one nation, national integration? Why did we fight the British in unison for independence? Why not separately? Bhagat Singh did not ask only for an independent Punjab or Subhash Chandra Bose for an independent Bengal?”

Do you disagree with him? If yes, please read history well enough. Most youngsters hate Gandhiji for as they saw in The Legend of Bhagat Singh that he did not save Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. But in reality, he has many more accusations.

He was a great man but a dreadful leader who led to many irreversible changes in India. If there were ways to detain Gandhiji or stop him, Nathuram Godse would not have killed him either. But, it was necessary, and justified. Whether he said Hey Ram or Oh Maa or Aaah does not matter, he was not leading us to a peaceful future. Can’t you see? He created the brand that is being misused to the fullest till date. Respect his thoughts on Ahimsa, Karma and so on,

but decide it yourself how to act in a particular situation.

I don’t despise Godse.

Article by Rashi Kumar

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