02 December, 2020

The Godse Dilemma

Gandhi's assassin continues to haunt the RSS of which he had been a member for four years

The Godse Dilemma

THE RSS has great difficulty in either acknowledging or rejecting Nathuram Godse. The official line is that the RSS had nothing to do with Godse and he was not a member when he killed Mahatma Gandhi. But only three months ago Professor Rajendra Singh, RSS chief, told Outlook: "Godse was motivated by akhand Bharat. His intention was good but he used the wrong method."

 Born in 1908 in the family of a village post master, Godse was drawn to the philosophy of Hindu nationalism. In his early days he participated in stray movements against caste discrimination to "reform Hindu society". He was a moderately educated person, with a fairly good command of English, greatly influenced by the writings of Veer Savarkar, president of the aggressive Hindu Mahasabha. He had also read Dadabhai Naoroji, Tilak and Gokhale.

In 1930, at the age of 22, Godse became a member of the RSS, which was then considered to be an organisation of Marathi Bra-hmin youths. Very soon he carved a niche for himself in the Sangh and became 'baudhik pracharak'...



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