The Hindu Mahasabha has opened a ‘gyanshala’ or a study centre on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
The study centre has been dedicated by the Hindu Mahasabha to the life and ideology of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
The study centre contains literature on how Godse plotted the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, his articles and his speeches.
Notably, Gwalior happens to the very place where Nathuram Godse along with 7 others had plotted the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Jaiveer Bharadwaj, vice-president of the Hindu Mahasabha while speaking to media persons after opening the study centre said, “The library was opened to put before the world the true nationalist that Godse was. He stood and died for an undivided India. The purpose of the library is to instil true nationalism which Godse stood for in today’s ignorant youth.”
Nathuram Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, shooting Gandhi in the chest three times at point blank range in New Delhi on 30 January 1948.
Godse, an advocate of Hindu nationalism, believed that Gandhi to have favoured the political demands of India’s Muslims during the partition of India.
After a trial that lasted over a year, Godse was sentenced to death on November 8, 1949.
Godse was hanged at the Ambala Central Jail on November 15, 1949.
Millions in Indian and abroad mourned Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
The Hindu Mahasabha was vilified and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was temporarily banned.
The RSS has consistently denied any connection with Godse.
It has maintained that Godse “left RSS in the mid-1930s”
However, Nathuram Godse’s brother Gopal Godse stated that all the Godse brothers were members of the RSS at the time of the assassination and blamed the RSS for disowning them.
The other members of the Godse’s family too have denied that he ever left the RSS.