After Godse ‘temple’ fiasco, a library dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin

Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha wants youth to read about, and be inspired by Nathuram Godse’s ‘true nationalism’


Madhya Pradesh got another building dedicated to the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. An organisation named the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha opened a library in Gwalior ‘dedicated to the life and ideology’ of Nathuram Godse, reported the Indian Express.

According to the group, which has for long been working on an image makeover for Godse, the idea is to show that he was a “true nationalist’. Madhya Pradesh already has had attempts to build a ‘temple’ dedicated to Godse set up by the Mahasabha at their Gwalior office. It was removed following an uproar by the Congress reported IE.

However this library, named the ‘Godse Gyan Shala’ (literally translates as Godse Knowledge Centre), seems to have taken off for now, and was set up on Vishwa Hindi Diwas. It was inaugurated at the Mahasabha’s office at Daulat Ganj. According to IE’s news report the library is stocked with literature on how Godse ‘plotted the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, his articles and his speeches’.



The Mahasabha’s vice-president Jaiveer Bharadwaj, told the media, “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.” According to Bharadwaj, India was divided to “fulfill the ambitions of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who both wanted to govern a nation, while Godse opposed it.” The city of Gwalior was chosen by the Mahsabha, as the site of the library dedicated to Godse, as the assassination of Gandhi was plotted in the city, and a gun was also purchased there.

Meanwhile, protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma on Sunday called the partition of India a mistake by Mahatma Gandhi. “It was Mahatma Gandhi’s mistake that Mohammad Ali Jinnah succeeded in dividing India into two parts,” he told IE.

Nathuram Godse, a proponent of Hindu nationalism in his life, shot Gandhi thrice in the chest on January 30, 1948. Each year, on this date an online feud ensues between Gandhi-supporters and Nathuram-supporters.



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