The Person who killed Gandhi

Nathu Ram Godse.-was the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.

Every Coin has two sides.Till now we knew a single side about this person.This post attempts to find out about the truths of Nathu Ram Godse.

Nathu Ram was born at the beginning of this century on May 19, 1910.His father Vinayakrao was in the postal service and her mother’s name was Laxmi.Nathuram attended the local school at Baramati up through the fifth standard. Then he was sent to live with an aunt in Pune so that he could study at an English-language school. During his school days, Gandhi was an idol to him.

In 1930, Nathuram’s father was transferred to the town of Ratnagiri. While staying with his parents at Ratnagiri, the young Nathuram first met Veer Savarkar, a proponent of Hindutva.

Nathu Ram along with Nana Apte published a newspaper “Agraani”.

Quoting an abstract from a play based on Nathu Ram describing himself –

“I never stole in my childhood, so there was no question of apologising to my father. I never took a vow of celibacy as I was already practising celibacy. I was moving around the refugee camps and helping the destitute with food and clothes. But I did not wander half-naked because the refugees were naked. I never spun yarn, never cleaned my toilet, never observed silence till I was hanged. There was only one common factor in Gandhi’s life and mine. We were both the cause of each other’s death. He wanted to live for his principles and I was prepared to die for my principles. “

But the interesting part of the biography of Nathuram Godse starts on January 30, 1948. After the assassination of Gandhi.

In a sense, I lived only for 655 days — from January 30, 1948 to November 15, 1949. But January 30 was an outcome of January 13.

The central government had taken a decision — Pakistan will not be given Rs 55 crores. On January 13 Gandhi started a fast unto death that Pakistan must be given the money. On January 13, the central government changed its earlier decision and announced that Pakistan would be given the amount. On January 13, I decided to assassinate Gandhi.

In his words –

“Time is eternal, indestructible. You can turn its pages but never, never tear them out. Gandhi has acquired some position in history which nobody can deny, not even Nathuram. The page will be there forever in fact. Sometime in the future, in some storm, the pages will flutter and there will be that same Gandhi’s page before the world. 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, Nana. But Gandhi has stared considering himself greater than the nation.

on -“Jinnah wanted to be the prime minister..”

But we never opposed a Muslim prime minister. 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. 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?

The immediate cause –

“I had written this before. At the time of Partition, when Suharawady surrendered only due to political pressure, but only Suharawady, not his followers…they went on with the massacre. Gandhi started his fast, the Hindus put their weapons down. I still remember that day. A poor Hindu told Gandhi, ‘I am putting down my weapons because I don’t want your death on my conscience but I am staying alone with my family in the Muslim area. That night, before leaving Hyderabad I visited his home. The whole household was screaming, weeping, his only eight-year-old son had been killed by the Muslims. He had no weapon to defend himself. He threw his son’s body on my lap and said, “Take his blood to your Mahatma. Tell him, if he goes on fast again, he can finish it by drinking not orange-juice but my son’s blood.” I could not say anything. Gandhi was the Father of my Nation. For a moment, I was tempted to pull out the Muslims from their homes and chop them down. But I controlled myself. Violence for self-defence is justified, otherwise it is an ill-cultured act. I returned to where Gandhi was staying but he had already left by car. Of course, there would have been no point in meeting him… he would only have prayed for both the killer and the victim.

I am going to assassinate him in the open, before the public, because I am going to do it as my duty. If I do it surreptitiously, it becomes a crime in my own eyes. I will not try to escape, I will surrender and naturally I will be hanged. “

Godse assassinated Gandhi on January 30, 1948, approaching him during the evening prayer, bowing, and shooting him three times at close range with a Beretta semi-automatic pistol.[3] Immediately after this, he surrendered himself to police, rather than running away. He said, “No one should think that Gandhi was killed by a madman”.

The sequence

It was 4.45 pm when I reached the gate of Birla Bhavan. The security staff at the gate was scrutinising the crowd entering and I was a little worried about them. I mingled with a small gorup of people and sneaked inside.

It was 5.10 pm when I saw Gandhi and his close associates coming to the prayer place from his room inside. I approached the passage from where he was likely to climb the steps of the lawn, in such a way that I was covered by a few people. 

Gandhi climbed the steps and came forward. He had kept his hands on the shoulders of the two girls.

The revolver was in my pocket, I released the safety catch. Though Gandhi was surrounded by people I was looking for an opening.

I wanted just three seconds more. I moved two steps forward and faced Gandhi. Now I wanted to take out the revolver and salute him for whatever sacrifice and service he had made for the nation. One of the two girls was dangerously close to Gandhi and I was afraid that she might be injured in the course of firing. As a precautionary measure I went one more step ahead, bowed before him and gently pushed the girl away from the firing line.

The next moment I fired at Gandhi. Gandhi was very weak, there was a feeble sound like ‘aah’ from him and he fell down.

Those who were close to me saw the weapon in my hand. They rushed away from the spot. Gandhi had fallen to the ground, I was standing and the crowd had formed a ring around us.

After the firing I raised my hand holding the revolver and shouted, ‘Police, police’. For 30 seconds nobody came forward and I scanned the crowd. I saw a police officer. I signalled to him to come forward and arrest me. He came and caught my wrist, then a second man came and touched the revolver… I let it go…

“Gandhi used to claim the Partition would be over his dead body. So after Partition when he didn’t die,I killed him. My love for the motherland made us do it. I am not ashamed of it. Gandhi should have been honest to admit that his life was a failure. “

“Right from Pakistan and Bangladesh every Muslim is a converted Hindu. Gandhi’s appeasement attitude (towards the Muslims) went far too much. That was I killed him. Two hundred and fifty thousand Hindus were killed in Noakhali in October 1946. Hindu women were forced to remove their sindhoor and do Muslim rituals. And Gandhi said, ‘Hindus must bow their heads if Muslims want to kill them. We should follow the principle of ahimsa (non-violence).’ How can any sensible person tolerate this? “

(Black out… Sounds of wireless, Hullo, Victor calling. Victor calling… Gandhi killed in firing. IGP and home minister rushing to Birla Bhavan. Inform the PM).

I have just tried to provide unbiased information about the murder of India’s freedom fighter Mohandas. K. Gandhi and his assasin Nathuram Godse.)

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21 thoughts on “The Person who killed Gandhi”

  1. Too good man !!!!!!!
    And very true also, the most important thing is
    ” 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? ”

    Now after Independence states are fighting,India-Pak
    never ending tension……….

    many times we people do something beacuse our elders told us to do the same, we hate some people beacuse our parents told us that they are bad..and same we do for leaders..without thinking we just follow them..after all they are also human and no one is perfect.

  2. THANKS for writting this . WE Indians are not open heart or out spoken We all know what NATHURAM has done IS CORRECT IF NATHURAM had not KILLED gandhi WE ALL would have become muslims by NOW. NATHURAM GHODSE AMAR RAHE


    its Gandhi who is responsible for creating religious discremination.It is the disired death for him.He is the only person who is responsible for millions death.

    I personally don’t think NathuRam did any wrong thing.

    As a muslim i don’t agree with Gandhi’s theory.


  4. YES. What Nathuram did was the perfect thing. Actually he should have done it earlier as without the money Pakistan would not have stabilised itself.

  5. I m an Iranian . I love Gandhi a lot. I hate the man who killed him.I m muslim . I have to be but I don’t like it.

  6. I am true Hindu. What ‘Nathuram’ did was right. As he said the Punjabi’s demanded separate nation and in connection we lost an excellent prime minister Indira Gandhi.

    I bow my head to nathuram. He was a brave man and I salute him.

  7. Don’t try to glorify Godse. Ghandhi was not selfish, had he been selfish then he would have asked people to retaliate for self defense. His thinking was far ahead of common people. By retaliating in self defense you are not giving an oppourtunity to the other person to realise his mistakes. It’s very easy to get angry and its next to impossible to not get angry and having a determination to teach someone a lesson without getting angry or hitting him back. Try this one out yourself.

    Wearing only dhoti was not a gimmick; Ghandhi ji was not helping poor by giving them money or food…he wasmaking them self dependent by asking then to spun the yarn and in order to make them realise how much it is going to help them, he himself did it. There are thousands still getting benefitted out of this and living a respectable life.

    Its easy to donate things for poor but its hard to be part of them.

  8. YOu seem to lack quite a bit of knowledge about India and it’s independence.

    you said “Right from Pakistan and Bangladesh every Muslim is a converted Hindu”…if this is true then what happened to the Muslims who came with babar????

    Yes there are good percentage of people who converted to Islam from Hinduism but not all.

    Get the right knowledge, read right books and travel across India, feel it.

    no other freedom fighters have taken the cause of whole India like Ghandhi. before jumping into freedom struggle he travelled across India to understand the pain and agony of Indians under British rule.

  9. Yes. I agree with Nathuram’s idealogy. I am not in a position to judge his actions though. The only thing I am worried about is the demand for separate state .. its still happening. As of now the agitation in AndhraPradesh for separate Telangana .. which has no sense. Though everybody speaks the same language they are demanding for a separate state. Hope there is another Nathuram to remind them about the motive behind our Independence.

  10. Gandhi cock suckers are even worse. How can you love Gandhi when he is responsible for the death of an 8 year old innocent child? Why according to Gandhi should only the Hindus sacrifice? Why are they the only ones who should be massacred and slaughtered? what about the muslims? FUCK GANDHI!!! I am pretty sure he went to hell after his death. GOD BLESS Nathuram Godse’s soul.

  11. Nathuram godse ji sache hindusthani te esliye unhone ye sahi kamj karana jaruri samajha unhone kiya wo bilkul sahi kiya. VEER SAVARKAR AMAR RAHE. NATHURAM GODSE AMAR RAHE. JAI HINDUTVA

  12. If i would have been there at that time, I would have done the same thing or helped Nathuram for sure. In India whoever dies this type of death becomes “Mahatma”, for no reason Gandhi should have been given this much of importance. Democracy always afraid of deaths by fasting or killing, so country or running cabinet bows down for these “Insane” demands from anyone. Gandhi knew this very well and terrorist know because of Gandhi. Gandhi should have been exposed in front of whole world and to be proven wrong for his theory of non-violence and then to be punished for his deeds. We could have got independence way before if Gandhi would not have interfered in freedom fight and more importantly we would be respecting our democracy than any other politicians. No doubt Gandhi was real “Bastard”
    thanks for this article and keep doing some SEO on this Blog so many people know about the fact

  13. hey i have a question but you cant aswer it though, the guy that assasinated gandhi surrendered himself to the police and said dont think gandhi got murdered by a mad man, WHY DID HE KILL GANDHI THEN?!?!?!?! well i dont know. its been going through my mind. but i did like the biography you wrote about him.

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