Godse trends on Gandhi Jayanti! Twitter becomes a platform for Us vs Them narrative

Twitteratis served a severe blow to Bapu’s memory as #नाथूराम_गोडसे_जिंदाबाद started trending on October 2 – Gandhi Jayanti!

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Every year, India remembers the secular teachings Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2020. It is therefore a mystery as to why the hashtag of #नाथूराम_गोडसे_जिंदाबाद has started trending on the birth anniversary of India’s ‘Bapu.’


Nathuram Godse, a strong proponent of Hindu nationalism in his life, shot Gandhi thrice in the chest on January 30, 1948. It is shocking that netizens would choose the birth anniversary of Gandhi to remember his murderer.

Yet, people indulged in a meaningless day-long feud between Gandhi-supporters and Nathuram-supporters.




Most of these people seemed have a few similar traits such as extreme love for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a sectarian attitude and a great many vile words for those who conveyed contrary views on their posts. Moreover, many of the people sharing the hashtag are being followed by Modi.


Some people even went so far as to present Gandhi in completely different colours.


On the other side, people have thrown up their hands in exasperation at this display of insensitivity.




To the masses, Gandhi’s image has reminded people of the principles of secularism and non-violence. That people chose his birth date to celebrate a man who seemed to have complete opposite views, acts as a telling tale of India’s current socio-political condition.

It is of course the right of every citizen to believe in whatever principles they choose. However, to celebrate a murderer on the day of his victim’s birthday violates the spirit of Indian Constitution and comes across as completely insensitive considering ongoing issues.


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