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MP: Hindu Mahasabha opens Nathuram Godse library, implies it is to instill ‘True Nationalism’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bhopal: Right-wing body Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha reportedly, on Sunday, opened a library named ‘Godse Gyan Shala’ dedicated to the life and ideology of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior city. As per this right-wing outfit, the library was set up to “instill true nationalism” among the youth as espoused by Godse.

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The library was inaugurated at the Hindu Mahasabha office at Daulat Ganj area of the city, as per reports. The ‘ ‘Godse Gyan Shala’ contains literature on how Godse plotted Gandhi’s assassination, along with archives of his articles and speeches.

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According to National Vice President of Hindu Mahasabha, Jaiveer Bhardwaj, the library will educate the young generation about “aspects of the partition of India” and would also provide them information and knowledge about various national leaders.

“The library was opened to put before the world the true nationalist that Godse was,” Bhardwaj told media. “He stood and died for an undivided India. The purpose of the library is to instill true nationalism which Godse stood for in today’s ignorant youth.”

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The Hindutva leader further claimed that the great nation was divided in 1947 to “fulfill the ambitions” of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, and Muslim League founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah. They both wanted to “govern a nation, while Godse opposed it,” Jaiveer Bhardwaj claimed.

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Bhardwaj also alleged that the Hindu Mahasabha organization, that emerged in India in 1921 to oppose the secular ideology of the Mahatma Gandhi-led Congress, had sacrificed for the freedom of the country. The Congress Party, on the other hand, “partitioned the country for making Nehru and Jinnah prime ministers,” he added.

“Today we want the young generation to know the truth and understand their responsibility towards nationalism,” he added. “We opened the library to inform the youth why Godse ji opposed partition and why he retaliated against it.”

Then reason given by the right-wing outfit to chose Gwalior as the site of the library lies in the historical value of this place as this is where the Hindu Mahasabha member had plotted Gandhi’s killing. “Godse took training in Gwalior and purchased a pistol,” Bhardwaj told ANI. “Later, he went to Delhi to execute his plan. In the first attempt, he was not successful…When Gandhi ji met Godse, the latter fulfilled his resolution to retaliate against him.”

However, Godse was awarded a death sentence and was hanged to death at Ambala Jail on November 15, 1949, after he was convicted for killing Gandhi. Narayan Apte, a co-conspirator in the killing of Gandhi, was also sentenced to death with him. Idealizing Godse, Hindu Mahasabha observes their death anniversary as the “sacrifice day”, as per their leaders.

Furthermore, many leaders from currently ruling party of India, Bharatiya Janata Party, have also expressed a similar view that Godse had done great service to the country, especially Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur. To note, in the run-up to the General Elections of 2019, she had called Godse a patriot. Though she was severely criticized and had come under fire for her controversial remarks glorifying Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse but she in November 2019, once again referred to him as a patriot in the Parliament, which resulted in drop of her status from a key parliamentary panel.

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