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    Nathuram Godse's last speach

    JANUARY 30th, 1949 - The Mahatma was assassinated by a man called Naturam Godse.
    After he shot him, instead of running away, he stood his ground and surrounded. He said, "No one should think that Gandhi was killed by a madman"

    One of the best speeches of All time, which is compared to Socrates's speech in his trial. The Judge was astonished by his speech and commented that if India had followed the Jury system of giving judgments, Godse would have been adjudicated as "Not Guilty" by the Jury, cause after the speech, the whole audience was in tears.

    This is the speech given by Nathuram Godse in the court in his last trial for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi


    Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. I had, therefore, been intensely proud of Hinduism as a whole. As I grew up I developed a tendency to free thinking unfettered by any superstitious allegiance to any isms, political or religious. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth alone. I openly joined anti-caste movements and maintained that all Hindus were of equal status as to rights, social and religious and should be considered high or low on merit alone and not through the accident of birth in a particular caste or profession. I used publicly to take part in organized anti-caste dinners in which thousands of Hindus, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Chamars and Bhangis participated. We broke the caste rules and dined in the company of each other.



    I have read the speeches and writings of Dadabhai Nairoji, Vivekanand, Gokhale, Tilak, along with the books of ancient and modern history of India and some prominent countries like England, France, America and' Russia. Moreover I studied the tenets of Socialism and Marxism. But above all I studied very closely whatever Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji had written and spoken, as to my mind these two ideologies have contributed more to the moulding of the thought and action of the Indian people during the last thirty years or so, than any other single factor has done.



    All this reading and thinking led me to believe it was my first duty to serve Hindudom and Hindus both as a patriot and as a world citizen. To secure the freedom and to safeguard the just interests of some thirty crores (300 million) of Hindus would automatically constitute the freedom and the well being of all India, one fifth of human race. This conviction led me naturally to devote myself to the Hindu Sanghtanist ideology and programme, which alone, I came to believe, could win and preserve the national independence of Hindustan, my Motherland, and enable her to render true service to humanity as well.



    Since the year 1920, that is, after the demise of Lokamanya Tilak, Gandhiji's influence in the Congress first increased and then became supreme. His activities for public awakening were phenomenal in their intensity and were reinforced by the slogan of truth and non-violence, which he paraded ostentatiously before the country. No sensible or enlightened person could object to those slogans. In fact there is nothing new or original in them. They are implicit in every constitutional public movement. But it is nothing but a mere dream if you imagine that the bulk of mankind is, or can ever become, capable of scrupulous adherence to these lofty principles in its normal life from day to day. In fact, honour, duty and love of one's own kith and kin and country might often compel us to disregard non-violence and to use force. I could never conceive that an armed resistance to an aggression is unjust. I would consider it a religious and moral duty to resist and, if possible, to overpower such an enemy by use of force. [In the Ramayana] Rama killed Ravana in a tumultuous fight and relieved Sita. [In the Mahabharata], Krishna killed Kansa to end his wickedness; and Arjuna had to fight and slay quite a number of his friends and relations including the revered Bhishma because the latter was on the side of the aggressor. It is my firm belief that in dubbing Rama, Krishna and Arjuna as guilty of violence, the Mahatma betrayed a total ignorance of the springs of human action.



    In more recent history, it was the heroic fight put up by Chhatrapati Shivaji that first checked and eventually destroyed the Muslim tyranny in India. It was absolutely essentially for Shivaji to overpower and kill an aggressive Afzal Khan, failing which he would have lost his own life. In condemning history's towering warriors like Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Gobind Singh as misguided patriots, Gandhiji has merely exposed his self-conceit. He was, paradoxical, as it may appear, a violent pacifist who brought untold calamities on the country in the name of truth and non-violence, while Rana Pratap, Shivaji and the Guru will remain enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen forever for the freedom they brought to them.



    The accumulating provocation of thirty-two years, culminating in his last pro-Muslim fast, at last goaded me to the conclusion that the existence of Gandhi should be brought to an end immediately. Gandhi had done very well in South Africa to uphold the rights and well being of the Indian community there. But when he finally returned to India he developed a subjective mentality under which he alone was to be the final judge of what was right or wrong. If the country wanted his leadership, it had to accept his infallibility; if it did not, he would stand aloof from the Congress and carry on his own way. Against such an attitude there can be no halfway house. Either Congress had to surrender its will to his and had to be content with playing second fiddle to all his eccentricity, whimsicality, metaphysics and primitive vision, or it had to carry on without him. He alone was the Judge of everyone and everything; he was the master brain guiding the civil disobedience movement; no other could know the technique of that movement. He alone knew when to begin and when to withdraw it. The movement might succeed or fail, it might bring untold disaster and political reverses but that could make no difference to the Mahatma's infallibility. 'A Satyagrahi can never fail' was his formula for declaring his own infallibility and nobody except himself knew what a Satyagrahi is.



    Thus, the Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. These childish insanities and obstinacies, coupled with a most severe austerity of life, ceaseless work and lofty character made Gandhi formidable and irresistible. Many people thought that his politics were irrational but they had either to withdraw from the Congress or place their intelligence at his feet to do with, as he liked. In a position of such absolute irresponsibility Gandhi was guilty of blunder after blunder, failure after failure, disaster after disaster.



    Gandhi's pro-Muslim policy is blatantly in his perverse attitude on the question of the national language of India. It is quite obvious that Hindi has the most prior claim to be accepted as the premier language. In the beginning of his career in India, Gandhi gave a great impetus to Hindi but as he found that the Muslims did not like it, he became a champion of what is called Hindustani. Everybody in India knows that there is no language called Hindustani; it has no grammar; it has no vocabulary. It is a mere dialect; it is spoken, but not written. It is a bastard tongue and crossbreed between Hindi and Urdu, and not even the Mahatma's sophistry could make it popular. But in his desire to please the Muslims he insisted that Hindustani alone should be the national language of India. His blind followers, of course, supported him and the so-called hybrid language began to be used. The charm and purity of the Hindi language was to be prostituted to please the Muslims. All his experiments were at the expense of the Hindus.



    From August 1946 onwards the private armies of the Muslim League began a massacre of the Hindus. The then Viceroy, Lord Wavell, though distressed at what was happening, would not use his powers under the Government of India Act of 1935 to prevent the rape, murder and arson. The Hindu blood began to flow from Bengal to Karachi with some retaliation by the Hindus. The Interim Government formed in September was sabotaged by its Muslim League members right from its inception, but the more they became disloyal and treasonable to the government of which they were a part, the greater was Gandhi's infatuation for them. Lord Wavell had to resign as he could not bring about a settlement and he was succeeded by Lord Mountbatten. King Log was followed by King Stork.



    The Congress, which had boasted of its nationalism and socialism, secretly accepted Pakistan literally at the point of the bayonet and abjectly surrendered to Jinnah. India was vivisected and one-third of the Indian territory became foreign land to us from August 15, 1947. Lord Mountbatten came to be described in Congress circles as the greatest Viceroy and Governor-General this country ever had. The official date for handing over power was fixed for June 30, 1948, but Mountbatten with his ruthless surgery gave us a gift of vivisected India ten months in advance. This is what Gandhi had achieved after thirty years of undisputed dictatorship and this is what Congress party calls 'freedom' and 'peaceful transfer of power'. The Hindu-Muslim unity bubble was finally burst and a theocratic state was established with the consent of Nehru and his crowd and they have called 'freedom won by them with sacrifice' - whose sacrifice? When top leaders of Congress, with the consent of Gandhi, divided and tore the country - which we consider a deity of worship - my mind was filled with direful anger.



    One of the conditions imposed by Gandhi for his breaking of the fast unto death related to the mosques in Delhi occupied by the 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 or the Muslims concerned. Gandhi was shrewd enough to know that while undertaking a fast unto death, had he imposed for its break some condition on the Muslims in Pakistan, there would have been found hardly any Muslims who could have shown some grief if the fast had ended in his death. It was for this reason that he purposely avoided imposing any condition on the Muslims. He was fully aware of from the experience that Jinnah was not at all perturbed or influenced by his fast and the Muslim League hardly attached any value to the inner voice of Gandhi.



    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. I stoutly maintain that Gandhi has failed in his duty. He has proved to be the Father of Pakistan. His inner-voice, his spiritual power and his doctrine of non-violence of which so much is made of, all crumbled before Jinnah's iron will and proved to be powerless.



    Briefly speaking, I thought to myself and foresaw I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I could expect from the people would be nothing but hatred and that I shall have lost all my honour, even more valuable than my life, if I were to kill Gandhiji. But at the same time I felt that the Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would 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. People may even call me and dub me as devoid of any sense or foolish, but the nation would be free to follow the course founded on the reason which I consider to be necessary for sound nation-building. After having fully considered the question, I took the final decision in the matter, but I did not speak about it to anyone whatsoever. I took courage in both my hands and I did fire the shots at Gandhiji on 30th January 1948, on the prayer-grounds of Birla House.



    I do say that my shots were fired at the person whose policy and action had brought rack and ruin and destruction to millions of Hindus. There was no legal machinery by which such an offender could be brought to book and for this reason I fired those fatal shots.



    I bear no ill will towards anyone individually but I do say that I had no respect for the present government owing to their policy, which was unfairly favourable towards the Muslims. But at the same time I could clearly see that the policy was entirely due to the presence of Gandhi. I have to say with great regret that Prime Minister Nehru quite forgets that his preachings and deeds are at times at variances with each other when he talks about India as a secular state in season and out of season, because it is significant to note that Nehru has played a leading role in the establishment of the theocratic state of Pakistan, and his job was made easier by Gandhi's persistent policy of appeasement towards the Muslims.



    I now stand before the court to accept the full share of my responsibility for what I have done and the judge would, of course, pass against me such orders of sentence as may be considered proper. But I would like to add that I do not desire any mercy to be shown to me, nor do I wish that anyone else should beg for mercy on my behalf. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled against it on all sides. I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future.


    -MAHATMA NATHURAM GODSE

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    Re: Mahatma Nathuram Godse's last speach

    He is the real Jesus, he died for our sins.

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    Thank you so much for posting this, I knew and understood some of the reasoning behind this act, but never knew this man was such a brilliant being.

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    My dear NayaSurya,

    Quote Originally Posted by NayaSurya View Post
    Thank you so much for posting this, I knew and understood some of the reasoning behind this act, but never knew this man was such a brilliant being.
    It is unfortunate to see the young generation of India so much misled by the propaganda against Gandhi & our history. I only hope that one day these children (who have learnt history perhaps only through internet & reading articles by biased people) would certainly know the truth. Therefore, I prefer not to intervene in such discussions. My college going son too had lot of such ideas about Gandhi ... and then I spent an hour with him telling of Gandhi, India's political, social and economic situation before independence, the available political options, failure of great revoultionsits like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subahsh Chandra Bose, Ramprasad Bismil & the likes (who in spite of their best intentions could not achieve anything with the weapon of violence). And I also told him how the man who could have lived the life of a rich barrister in those times lived like the poorest man of India choosing to wear one piece of cloth (remaining half naked) the whole of his life during scorching heat of Summar in India and also in chilling weather of England. If Gandhi's advice was heard we would never had a separate Nation called Pakistan today which has become a pain in the neck for the entire world.

    Dear NS, please don't get carried away by such posts. This is not the truth. It has become a fashion among the young generation to malign this saint who was One without a second one like him. How many are here who would make even 1/10th of sacrifice that he made for the country & the Truth ? Godse ! ... who knew Godse before he killed Gandhi ? He was never a recognised leader even of the Garam-dal (Hot Party or the party which believed in violence as the weapon for making India free) what to say of the majority of India ! He had to fabricate something to justify the heinous crime he committed.

    What a shame ... Godse is our saint (Mahatma) of the day !

    Sorry my dear young friend, I had to speak because it was giving a wrong picture to someone who is not from our country. Please forgive me.

    OM
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    An old post on this forum quoted:

    Quote Originally Posted by chandu_69 View Post
    Namaste Ganeshprasad ji,

    [font=Book Antiqua]

    Mahatma Gandhi ji indeed answered to this.

    Quote.......
    Gandhi advised them that if a Muslim expressed his desire to rape a Hindu or a Sikh lady, she should never refuse him but cooperate with him. She should lie down like a dead with her tongue in between her teeth. Thus the rapist Muslim will be satisfied soon and sooner he leave her...
    .......unquote

    Ref: (From the book (Freedom at Midnight, Vikas(reprint), 1997, p-479 D Lapierre and L Collins, ).
    (original:http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-at-Mid.../dp/0006388515)
    Is this the Mahatma the youth should respect?
    Last edited by Sahasranama; 05 January 2011 at 11:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devotee View Post
    My dear NayaSurya,



    It is unfortunate to see the young generation of India so much misled by the propaganda against Gandhi & our history. I only hope that one day these children (who have learnt history perhaps only through internet & reading articles by biased people) would certainly know the truth. Therefore, I prefer not to intervene in such discussions. My college going son too had lot of such ideas about Gandhi ... and then I spent an hour with him telling of Gandhi, India's political, social and economic situation before independence, the available political options, failure of great revoultionsits like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subahsh Chandra Bose, Ramprasad Bismil & the likes (who in spite of their best intentions could not achieve anything with the weapon of violence). And I also told him how the man who could have lived the life of a rich barrister in those times lived like the poorest man of India choosing to wear one piece of cloth (remaining half naked) the whole of his life during scorching heat of Summar in India and also in chilling weather of England. If Gandhi's advice was heard we would never had a separate Nation called Pakistan today which has become a pain in the neck for the entire world.

    Dear NS, please don't get carried away by such posts. This is not the truth. It has become a fashion among the young generation to malign this saint who was One without a second one like him. How many are here who would make even 1/10th of sacrifice that he made for the country & the Truth ? Godse ! ... who knew Godse before he killed Gandhi ? He was never a recognised leader even of the Garam-dal (Hot Party or the party which believed in violence as the weapon for making India free) what to say of the majority of India ! He had to fabricate something to justify the heinous crime he committed.

    What a shame ... Godse is our saint (Mahatma) of the day !

    Sorry my dear young friend, I had to speak because it was giving a wrong picture to someone who is not from our country. Please forgive me.

    OM
    Thank you for this...never apologize for adding enlightenment for this lower portion.<3

    I do like to see the different sides and views of this. A being once only considered angry and irrational is given dimension.

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    namaste Devotee,

    Quote Originally Posted by devotee View Post
    failure of great revoultionsits like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subahsh Chandra Bose, Ramprasad Bismil & the likes (who in spite of their best intentions could not achieve anything with the weapon of violence). OM
    I really am biting my tongue after reading your above statements. Failure of Bhagat Singh? This is how we respect his sacrifice by calling it failure?!!

    In your rush to protect the pacifism of Gandhi let's be careful that we don't belittle the young men and women who actually happily gave their lives away so that we indians can enjoy our freedom. Calling their sacrifice a 'failure' is a great disrespect to their atma.

    I had never read Godse's speech before nor do I know much about the man nor do I condone his actions but I am curious though do you have a comment on the speech? Is the speech real or do you think that it has been tempered with to make him look like he had a justifiable reason to murder Gandhi? Honest questions.
    Last edited by satay; 05 January 2011 at 11:38 AM.
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    Learning from Mahatma Gandhi's mistakes
    Dr. Koenraad Elst


    http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/a...himistake.html


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    Re: Mahatma Nathuram Godse's last speach

    Sahas, Please make up your mind. You can't refer to them both as 'Mahatma'. Only one of them deserves that title.

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    Namaste Satay,

    Quote Originally Posted by satay View Post
    I really am biting my tongue after reading your above statements. Failure of Bhagat Singh? This is how we respect his sacrifice by calling it failure?!!

    In your rush to protect the pacifism of Gandhi let's be careful that we don't belittle the young men and women who actually happily gave their lives away so that we indians can enjoy our freedom. Calling their sacrifice a 'failure' is a great disrespect to their atma.
    I am sorry if it sounded as a disrespect to those great revolutioneries. I have highest regards for them. In fact, I can never forgive Gandhi for not negotiating the release of Bhagat Singh and his friends with British even though he was at an advantageous position to bragain with them at that time. I can hardly forgive Gandhi for his step-motherly treatment to Subhash Chandra Ghosh for favouring Nehru during Congress elections.

    Hearing names of Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah Khan, Ramprasad Bismil and the likes fills me with pride as it does to you. May be, if I was born in his times, I would have joined his party and would have chosen to be happily hanged !

    However, what did these scarifices result in gain for us in the bargain ? We lost such highly precious lives for almost nothing. After the Kakori incidence, the atrocities committed on the revolutionists and killing of most of the prominent leaders almost broke the backbone of armed struggle against the British. We have to keep in mind that though there was sympathy of the Indian people for these revolutioneries, it failed to bring the masses to rally behind them ( there are various reasons for that, one is that Indians, in general, were psychologically not ready for this. The country was not one but divided into many segments on region, caste, creed, economical and social disparity.). If it would have been successful in getting that, the armed struggle would not have failed so miserably. All those great revolutioneries were killed either by bullets directly or by fake judicial proceedings. Subhash Chandra Bose was successful in raising an army in Burma to fight the British ... but it hardly made any difference to the political scenario in India. His plan to meet Hitler and garner his support could not succeed.

    So, as I see it ... sacrifices were great ... the ultimate sacrifice ... but it failed to bring in the desired results. We lost heavily and we gained too little.

    If you think, I could have chosen better words for pointing this out ... I think my English failed me, it was certainly not intended ... I am sorry.

    Regarding Godse's speech : Please read the passage carefully. It is highly distorted by his own poisonous opinions. This is what he believeyd. Osama also has some beliefs on which he is out on his killing spree. Every murderer has something to say why he murdered someone. After all, he has to answer to his own conscience. Godse is not different. It is factually incorrect too. It was not Gandhi but Jawahar Lal Nehru from Congress side who should be held responsible for the partition. After independence, Gandhi didn't choose to have any position of authority in the Government and it resulted in ignoring Gandhi at every political convenience. Gandhi had advised Nehru and others that British should have no role in partition even if it was inevitable ... it was our internal matter & we would sort it out after the British left. But who was there to listen to Gandhi ?

    OM
    Last edited by devotee; 05 January 2011 at 08:59 PM.
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