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Monday, August 8, 2011

Exorcising the Godse ghost: Who killed Mahatma Gandhi?

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August 8, 2011 / By T.S.Sreenivasa Raghavan, DC, Kochi.

K T Thomas - DC
K T Thomas - DC.

It’s been 63 years since Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
But, who’re behind the brutal assassination? Was it the handiwork of Godse & company or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)?
The controversial question crops up at regular intervals in various parts of the country kicking up fresh debates on the subject.
As for Congress leaders, it's almost an obsession to blame it on the RSS.
However, when a decisive answer comes from a non-controversial and apolitical person who besides being a Christian also happens to be a retired Supreme Court justice, it should prompt one to sit up and think.
Yes, we’re, of course, talking about K.T. Thomas who recently stirred a hornet’s nest when, presiding over an RSS function in the city, he unequivocally absolved RSS from Gandhi assassination.
The controversy, of course, was ignored by the national media. However, Thomas' clean chit to RSS, as expected, has left the Congress leaders in Kerala fuming.
Congress state president Ramesh Chennithala and MLA P.C. Vishnunath lambasted him for ‘distorting history.’ However, for the RSS leaders, Thomas' remarks proved like manna from the heaven considering his stature.
Even as the controversy rages, the questions still remain: who actually killed Gandhi? Was it the RSS? Those who've read history will know Godse severed his links with RSS calling it an organization run by eunuchs.
At the end of the Day, it was an ex-RSS man who killed Gandhi!  Why do we need to rake up this long buries history?

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