Gandhi, Godse And The Idea Of Deshbhakti – By Shaikh Mujibur Rehman

The recent statement by Pragya Thakur describing Nathuram Godse as a ‘deshbhakt’ (patriot) and the subsequent efforts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to describe it as unforgivable indicates that India is not just in the cusp of a fierce ideological power struggle between Nehruvian secularism and Hindutva that has gathered political steam since the late 1980s with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s electoral rise; there is also an underlying struggle between various shades of Hindutva within its umbrella structure which unmistakably nurtures deep hatred for Mahatma Gandhi.

The messages by other BJ P leaders such as Anant Kumar Hegde, Nalini Kumar Kateel, Anil Saumitra (now suspended) represents perhaps the tip of the iceberg of a larger Hindutva strand.

Given that Gandhiji is revered as India’s Father of the Nation, and was assassinated – the national and global reaction against the statement of Pragya Thakur, the BJP’s candidate from Bhopal, has fallen short of expectations. The resistance should have been far more loud, widespread, and organized, albeit in a democratic, civilized and non-violent manner so that it could have served as a deterrence in future.…


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