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The Diplomat: How India Betrayed Mahatma Gandhi

By Safa Ahmed

The ideology of Gandhi’s assassin is now mainstream in the country, while Gandhi himself has been demonized for promoting Hindu-Muslim unity. 

On January 30, 1948, a man called Nathuram Godse shot Mahatma Gandhi three times at close range, killing India’s most legendary peace activist and freedom fighter. Gandhi died as he had lived, his hand raised in a gesture of forgiveness in the face of violence.

In his speech to the court that would try him for murder, Godse – an adherent of a fascist-inspired ideology known as Hindutva, or Hindu supremacism – declared that he had killed Gandhi because he believed the freedom fighter’s teachings of Hindu-Muslim unity would “ultimately result in the emasculation of the Hindu community.”