What Gandhiji wrote Before Godse’s Shooting (Post No.11,968)


Post No. 11,968

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Abducted Women

Gandhiji was shot dead by Nathuram Godse n 30th January 1948. Millions of Hindus in Punjab and Bengal were suffering because of partition. Muslims kidnapped and raped and converted thousands of Hindu and Sikh women.


Just three weeks before his assassination Gandhiji wrote in Harijan magazine on 4th January 1948,

“Several thousand Hindu and Sikh girls had been taken away by Muslims. The whereabouts of a few were known., but there were large numbers about whom we knew nothing. When contacted some were reported to have said they did not wish to return they were afraid that they would not be accepted by their society. Their husbands, parents and friends would look down upon them. Gandhiji wanted to say, with all the emphasis at his command, that society welcome those girls back. Some of them were pregnant. It was no fault of theirs. Their children, when born, should be treated with the same regard and respect as any other children. The religion of these children would be that of mother. On growing up they were to change it if they wished. If any such girl came to him, she would be treated by him as any other girl in his party. To castigate these girls, have fallen victim to the lust of some monster was less than human. No shame attached to them.

Harijan 4-1-1948

Source book – Hindu Dharma, M K Gandhi, Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad, 1950)


What Godse said in his final statement in the court

( I have given only some paragraphs from following website)

From Indiansaga.com

Nathuram Godse’s final statement (unedited)

“On January 13, 1948, I learnt that Gandhiji had decided to go on fast unto death. The reason given was that he wanted an assurance of Hindu-Muslim Unity… But I and many others could easily see that the real motive… [was] to compel the Dominion Government to pay the sum of Rs 55 crores to Pakistan, the payment of which was emphatically refused by the Government…. But this decision of the people’s Government was reversed to suit the tune of Gandhiji’s fast. It was evident to my mind that the force of public opinion was nothing but a trifle when compared with the leanings of Gandhiji favourable to Pakistan.

….In 1946 or thereabout, Muslim atrocities perpetrated on Hindus under the Government patronage of Surhawardy in Noakhali made our blood boil. Our shame and indignation knew no bounds when we saw that Gandhiji had come forward to shield that very Surhawardy and began to style him as ‘Shaheed Saheb’ – a martyr – even in his prayer meetings…

… Ram killed Ravan in a tumultuous fight… Krishna killed Kansa to end his wickedness… In condemning Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Govind as ‘misguided patriots,’ Gandhiji has merely exposed his self-conceit… Gandhiji was, paradoxically, a violent pacifist who brought untold calamities on the country in the name of truth and nonviolence, while Rana Pratap, Shivaji and the Guru will remain enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen forever…

…. ….One of the conditions imposed by Gandhiji for his breaking of the fast unto death related to the mosques in Delhi occupied by Hindu refugees. But when Hindus in Pakistan were subjected to violent attacks he did not so much as utter a single word to protest and censure the Pakistan government…

Gandhi is being referred to as the Father of the Nation. But if that is so, he had failed his paternal duty inasmuch as he has acted very treacherously to the nation by his consenting to the partitioning of it… The people of this country were eager and vehement in their opposition to Pakistan. But Gandhiji played false with the people…

….I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I could expect from the people would be nothing but hatred… if I were to kill Gandhiji. But at the same time, I felt that Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and be powerful with armed forces. No doubt, my own future would be totally ruined, but the nation would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan…

.I do not desire any mercy to be shown to me… I did fire shots at Gandhiji in open daylight. I did not make any attempt to run away; in fact I never entertained any idea of running away. I did not try to shoot myself… for, it was my ardent desire to give vent to my thoughts in an open Court. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled of against it on all sides. I have no doubt, honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future.”

Nathuram Godse


Tags- Godse, Gandhiji, Hindu women, abduction, Pregnant,

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