Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948. Why was Gandhi killed and what occasions occurred earlier than and after Gandhi’s homicide?
This documentary exhibits how India was dogged by nationalism and non secular battle on its path to independence – and the way these components mark the nation to at the present time. On 20 January 1948, Gopal Godse, a Hindu fanatic, tried to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi. Ten days later, his brother Nathuram Godse managed to complete the job: he killed Gandhi. For Gopal Godse, India’s Independence Day in August 1947 was a day of mourning. “Bharat Mata,” “Mom India,” which the younger Brahmin zealously worshipped, had misplaced lots of its provinces. Predominantly Muslim East Bengal had turn out to be East Pakistan, while western Punjab, the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan and the land of the warlike Pashtuns made up West Pakistan a thousand miles away. This too was predominantly Muslim. Godse didn’t simply see the previous colonial energy, Nice Britain, as answerable for the “amputation,” he additionally believed the Muslims had been guilty. However, in Godse’s eyes, the primary perpetrator was a Hindu who was celebrated as a hero as a result of he had defied the English, a small man with spherical wire glasses and a white cotton gown: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also referred to as “Mahatma,” the nice soul. The Godse brothers didn’t care that Gandhi had at all times condemned battle between the assorted non secular communities and opposed the partition of India. They had been members of the far-right Hindu Mahasabha, the “Nice Meeting of Hindus,” which had shut hyperlinks with the anti-British and fascist Nationwide Volunteer Corps. And now extremist Hindus are gaining floor in India once more…
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