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Varun Gandhi: “Those tweeting Godse zindabad irresponsibly shaming the nation’

Varun Gandhi slammed those tweeting ‘Godse zindabad’ on Gandhi Jayanti saying, “Those tweeting Godse zindabad irresponsibly shaming the nation’.

While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary, he also rebuked a counter-trend glorifying Godse, the killer of Gandhi which hashtagged “Godse zindabad’.  Nathuram Godse who assassinated Gandhi, popularly known as the Mahatma has become an iconic figure with certain BJP-RSS factions as his origins were from the RSS.

Varun Gandhi said in the tweet, “India has always been a spiritual superpower, but it is the Mahatma who articulated our nation’s spiritual underpinnings through his being & gave us a moral authority that remains our greatest strength even today. Those tweeting ‘Godse zindabad’ are irresponsibly shaming the nation,” Varun Gandhi said in his tweet.

His tweet received over 3000 retweets and over 12,000 likes within hours  Gandhi Jayanti.

Notably, this trend ‘Godse zindabad” goes on every year during Gandhi ji birthday and Tehseen Poonawalla, Political analyst and national television spokesperson tweeted, “Every person tweeting Godse Zindabad is a supporter of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Therefore Modiji has a moral obligation to ask his followers to stop this trend on #GandhiJayanti ! Will our PM stand up on #2ndOctober & do what is right or he just pays lip service to Bapu?”

Nathuram Vinayakrao Godse(19 May 1910 – 15 November 1949). He was born into a Maharashtrian Chitpavan Brahmin family. His father, Vinayak Vamanrao Godse, was a postal employee; his mother was Lakshmi (née Godavari). At birth, he was named Ramachandra.  Nathuram was given his name because of an unfortunate incident. Before he was born, his parents had three sons and a daughter, with all three boys dying in their infancy. Fearing a curse that targeted male children, young Ramachandra was brought up as a girl for the first few years of his life, including having his nose pierced and being made to wear a nose-ring (nath in Marathi). It was then that he earned the nickname “Nathuram” (literally “Ram with a nose-ring”). After his younger brother was born, they switched to treating him as a boy.

He was the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, who shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point-blank range in New Delhi on 30 January 1948.  Godse was a Hindu nationalist from Pune, Maharashtra, a member of the political party, the Hindu Mahasabha, as well as a former member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu paramilitary volunteer organization.

He believed Gandhi to have favored the political demands of British India’s Muslims during the partition of India of 1947. He plotted the assassination with Narayan Apte and six others. After a trial that lasted over a year, Godse was sentenced to death on 8 November 1949. Although pleas for commutation were made by Gandhi’s two sons, Manilal Gandhi and Ramdas Gandhi, they were turned down by India’s prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, deputy prime minister Vallabhbhai Patel, and the Governor-General C. Rajagopalachari. Godse was hanged in the Ambala Central Jail on 15 November 1949.

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