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Why did Nathuram Godse Kill Gandhi?

Do you know the exact reason why Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi?

Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest and most respectful personality we have seen in the world. He is known as the father of the nation in India because he struggled to get freedom for the country fighting against British colonial rule.

He preached the ideas of nonviolence and truth throughout his life but unfortunately, he faced a violent end. The man behind the assassination was Nathuram Godse.

Godse was the fifth child of his family, his 3 older brothers died and only 1 girl survived. His parents were sure that all his sons were cursed.

So they decided to grow Nathuram as a girl, his nose was pierced according to the tradition of the girls. Only after the birth of his younger brother, his parents decide to raise Nathuram as a boy.

The family also believed that Nathuram was an oracle, he served as a medium between his family and their God.

The family also believed that Nathuram as a priest, he mediated between his family and their God.

After growing up, Nathuram was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. He supported the idea of non-cooperation against the British, but when the family shifted to Ratnagiri, he became part of the radical movement.

In the following years, he joined several national organizations and supported the right-wing party RSS and the activist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

Savarkar called for an armed uprising against the British. Savarkar opposed the ideas of Gandhi because he felt by following nonviolence nothing would happen. The goal of Gandhi and Savarkar was the same to make India free from the British, but the ways were different.

But Gandhi called for non-violence and cooperation with the Muslims, while Savarkar was willing to do anything to defeat the British government.

India became independent from the British in 1947, while another country was created for Muslims in the name of Pakistan.

The division of the country angered the nationalists and when Gandhi protested the withholding of money which was promised to Pakistan… It was too much to bear for Nathuram Godse.

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In January 1948, when Gandhi went to troubled parts of India, he wanted to reconcile Hindus and Muslims.

On January 30, 1948, he was on his way to morning prayer but was stopped by Nathuram Godse. He bowed to Gandhi Suddenly, he raised the gun and fired 3 bullets.

The body of Mahatma Gandhi showing the bullet wounds.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu Photo Archives

Godse was arrested for his crime, he admitted the crime in court, and was sentenced to death.

hmm, now you may be clear why Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi.

But the interesting fact is Gandhi’s children tried to save him from death because they felt that this punishment was against the beliefs and principles of Gandhi.

Finally, Godse was his accessory and was executed on 15th November 1949 in Ambala (Maharashtra).

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