New Delhi, Oct 2: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, nation celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and commemorated his core principles of non-violence, restraint and truth. However, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha glorified his assassin Nathuram Godse, by installing his first-ever bust at the outfit’s office in Meerut. The bust was garlanded in presence of a sizeable number of Hindu Mahasabha workers. The far-right organization observed dhikkar divas (day of shame) on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. They also performed a yagna to shun away the principles of Gandhi, which they claimed were responsible for the weakness of India. Citing the recent surgical strike against Pakistan in response to the Uri terror attack, Hindu Mahasabha claimed that the nation is finally emerging out from the shackles of Gandhian principles.Also Read - LIVE IND vs NZ Live Cricket Score 2nd Test, Day 2 Live Match Today Updates: Mayank Agarwal Departs on 150 After Lunch, Ajaz Patel Scalps 7-For as New Zealand Dent India's Progress
The statue was unveiled by Hindu Mahasabha’s national vice president Pandit Ashok Sharma. The 72-year-old socio-religious leader recalled the efforts taken by Hindu Mahasabha to pay a befitting tribute to Godse. The outfit had attempted to install busts of Godse on January 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. However, all state governments ordered strict instructions to seal their offices on the day, in order to prevent them from glorifying the the killer of Mahatma on the latter’s death anniversary. Also Read - Tired of The Same Old Breakfast Ritual? Chef Suggests This One Unique Dish For Breakfast
Pandit Sharma urged the Narendra Modi government at Centre to pay tribute towards Veer Savarkar and Nathuram Godse in an unbiased manner. “If the Modi government praises Savarkar and garlands his photo in the Parliament house every year, then it will have to also acknowledge the contribution of Godse,” he was quoted as saying by The Hindu. Sharma further accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological parent the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of refraining from publicly acknowledging the contributions of Godse as it would be ‘politically incorrect’. (ALSO READ: Mahatma Gandhi assassination: Why Nathuram Godse is hailed as a hero by saffron brigade?) Also Read - Wow! Kerala Sculptor Makes 200-Square-Feet Home From Just Mud & 65 Herbal Plants
Sharma lauded the efforts of Indian army for giving a befitting response to Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri attack. “Had the nation been following the principles of Gandhi, no surgical strikes would have happened,” he added.
The bust of Godse installed at the Hindu Mahasabha office is 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The bust was procured from Jaipur by the outfit’s Uttar Pradesh unit president Yogendra Verma. The bust cost him nearly Rs 45,000, he said.
Mahatma Gandhi was murdered on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse, a senior member of the Hindu Mahasabha. Although Hindu Mahasabha claims that Gandhi’s murder by Godse was a crime committed keeping national interest in mind, left-leaning historians describe it as an act committed due to deep communal hatred. Gandhi’s relentless stand on promoting religious brotherhood, along with his recommendation to Hindus to adopt a pacifist approach towards Muslims, deeply irked the extreme conservative section of the society.
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