What the Nathuram Godse controversy tells us about society
By Ashish Yechury • 18/05/2019 at 1:13PM
To understand the ramifications around the controversy regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, Asiaville spoke to a historian of modern India.
Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, has become the centre of a political controversy on the eve of the last phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections. It began with actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan describing Godse as free India’s first terrorist. This sparked off a war of words with many on the Right criticising him for making the statement. However, it then turned on its head when controversial BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Thakur called Godse a patriot. She has since taken back the statement but it turned into a bigger political controversy which now refuses to die down.
To understand the ramifications of this controversy, Asiaville spoke to Salil Mishra, a professor of Modern Indian History at Ambedkar University Delhi.