Does Gandhi’s Murderer Deserve a Bust and Hindu Veneration?


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Why should Indians honor Nathuram Goatse Godse, the man who murdered Mahatma Gandhi? One group of Hindus has its reasons.


By Terry Firma|Friendly Atheist

Abhishek Agarwaal, district president of the Mahasabha, the oldest Hindu nationalist political party, explains that he and his religious compadres

… consider Godse a patriot because he killed the man they hold responsible for the country’s violent partition into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan in 1947. …

“For so many years Gandhi has been revered as a great soul by Indians. We want to tell the youth that it is all a lie,“ Agarwaal said. “Godse was the true patriot. We do not regard Gandhi as the father of the nation. He was too soft on Muslims. It was because of him that Pakistan was created out of my motherland.”

And so, Agarwaal and his party, though fairly powerless and already marginalized, have been developing plans

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