Calling Godse a Patriot !

Since the campaign began for 2019 Lok Sabha elections RSS and BJP have often said that these elections are contested on the idea of nationalism. During last 5 years of BJP rule lot of thrust is being given to change the idea of Indian Nationalism. The kind of ultra-nationalism being promoted by BJP and RSS is creating more and more hatred between Hindus and the minorities, especially Muslims. Even after 72 years of Indian independence Muslims in India are seen with suspicion and are labelled as Pakistani “stooges”. New-York based Human Rights Watch in its 2018 report on India said that with rising threat of vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and Government critics are often carried out by groups claiming to support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The detailed report said that the ruling BJP hardly did anything to protect its minority instead it “publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism at the expense of fundamental rights for all Indians.”

Sadhvi’s shocker

BJP’s Lok Sabha  candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya during her recent statement said that Gandhi Ji’s murderer Nathuram Godse  was a true patriot (deshbhakt) and will remain so forever. Sadhvi was reacting to Kamal Haasan’s remarks that the first terrorist in Independent India was Godse. When asked about Kamal Haasan’s comment on Hindu terror and Godse, Sadhvi Pragya said : “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt, is a deshbhakt and will remain a deshbhakt. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within. Such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections “

Sensing trouble during election time  Sadhvi later-on  tendered an apology on the insistence of BJP high command. BJP must feel ashamed of giving Lok Sabha ticket to such a person who is considered to be the main accused in Malegaon bomb blast. After her release from jail on bail she did not stop to spread venom. Only recently Sadhvi Pragya said that she had cursed IPS officer Hemant Karkare during her prison term, after which he got killed in firing during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Sadhvi also said that she herself had climbed on top of the Babri Masjid to demolish the mosque and was very proud of it.

Re-enacting Gandhi’s assassination

While people of India were marking the 71st death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30th this year a right-wing group, Hindu Mahasabha, shockingly re-enacted his assassination in Aligrah city of Uttar Pradesh. Pertinently Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse happened to be a member Hindu Mahasabha which was founded in 1915 by Madan Mohan Malaviya. A video had gone viral on social media showing Hindu Mahasabha National Secretary Puja Shakun Pandey shooting the effigy of Mahatma Gandhi amid cheers.  She later told reporters that her organisation has started a new tradition by recreating the assassination, and it will now be practiced in a manner similar to the immolation of demon king Ravana on Dussehra. Puja and her supporters later-on garlanded Godse’s statue and distributed sweets to hail what they claimed was a watershed moment in Indian history.

Conclusion 

Hindu Mahasabha and many right wing extremist organizations regard the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s death (January 30th)  as Shaurya Divas (Bravery Day), in honour of Nathuram Godse. What Sadhvi uttered about Godse few days back during her election campaign might have shocked ordinary Indian citizens but for BJP, RSS and its affiliated organizations Gandhi continues to be hated. Imagine if people like Sadhvi Pragya enter Indian Parliament what will happen to the nation of 1.35 billon people ?  If this hate and ultra-nationalism campaign of BJP is not plugged, I personally feel the day is not far when Gandhi Ji will be officially declared as Anti-National and Godse will be  India’s national hero….