The man who shot Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was none other than Nathuram Vinayak Godse. 30th January 2021 marks the 73rd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
On 30th January 1948, Gandhi Ji visited the Birla house in New Delhi for a prayer meeting.
When he was walking towards the crowd which was waiting for him after one of the evening prayers Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte came towards him.
Godse bent down after coming near him to touch his feet and shot him with three bullets, pinning him down on the lawn.
After the assassination, Nathuram Godse and his co-conspirators, including six other people who were involved in the conspiracy, were arrested in a trial that went on for a year for Gandhi’s murder.
Most of the people are aware of the assassination tale of Mahatma Gandhi but only a few know about how Godse was caught after the murder.
Raghu Nayak, Gandhi’s Gardner, was the first one to track the position of Nathuram Godse after the publically planned assassination.
The Controversial Debate On Nayak
Raghu Nayak was a native of Jagulaipada village in Kendrapara District, Odisha.
According to few reports after the assassination, Nayak chased Godse and pinned him down with his bare hands while few reports suggest that Nayak attacked Godse with his sickle while striking a bow in Narayan Apte’s head!
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, awarded Nayak with ₹500 in cash and a letter of praise after congratulating him on 2nd February 1955 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Raghu Nayak died in 1983.
However, On 1st November 1949, Nathuram Godse was sentenced to death and on 15th November 1949, he was hanged with his co-conspirator, Narayan Apte.
Early Life Of Nathuram Godse
Nathuram Godse was born on 19th May 1910 in Pune, Maharashtra.
He was born into a Konkani Brahmin family belonging to Baramati, Pune, and took his inspiration from Nationalist ideals.
He decided to join Hindu Mahasabha and The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, the RSS on a ground-level worker.
He later became the editor of Agrani Hindu Rashtra, a Marathi daily newspaper, in which Vinayak Damodar Savarkar invested.
Nathuram Godse learned to read and speak English after working under Vinayak Damodar Savarkar as his secretary.
Some Facts About Nathruram Godse
- Babarao Savarkar’s book “Rashtra Mimansa” was translated into English by Nathuram Godse and MS Golwalkar.
- Nathuram Godse, during his childhood, sought comfort from his mother after his classmates would tease him for dressing up as a girl.
- Nathuram Godse was a very simple man who avoided smoking, drinking and was committed towards chastity.
- After feuding with RSS chief MS Govalkar, Godse formed his separate Hindu Nationalist organization and named it “Hindu Rashtra Dal”.
- He would blame Mahatma Gandhi for the partition of India and the formation of Pakistan.
- To mark the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Congress as well as the making of the Indian nation, the Indian National Congress published a memorial in 2010. In the commemorative volume, RSS and Hindu Mahasabha association of Godse was highlighted along with the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.
- A spokesperson, Ram Madhav, from RSS claimed that Nathuram Godse left it in the middle of the 1930s while his family members have still maintained the fact that he never left RSS.
- After assassinating Mahatma Gandhi Nathuram Godse did not try to escape or run, instead, he stood there, was arrested, and sentenced to death on 8th November 1949.