Remembering the revolutionary patriot on the anniversary of his momentous action almost 7 decades ago.
Shri Nathuram Godse is a much maligned and misunderstood patriot. He acted according to his conscience and saw his action as one liberating the enslaved Hindu masses - being subjected to genocide, mass rape and forcible conversion to Islam during partition under the benign watch of an emasculated Congress led by Ghandy.
It is a pity that the totalitarian ideology of Gandhian pacifism continues to emasculate our nation to this day and inflict great calamities on its body politic.
It has been argued eloquently by many perceptive minds favorable to the Hindu nationalist cause - that Shri Godse's precipitate action was a tactical mistake, ended up giving a handle to the "secularists" to vilify Hindutva, constituted a setback to the Hindu nationalist cause etc.
The same has been said regarding the demolition of the hated symbol of slavery called "Babri Masjid" at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
I will let the professional historians weigh historical events and their impact.
I'm just a common man - and in my estimation, Shri Nathuram Godse was one of India's foremost revolutionaries, at par with other revolutionary freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Madan Lal Dhingra, Chaphekar brothers etc.
He made the supreme sacrifice in service of the Hindu nation, to liberate it from its oppressors, when faced with extremely grave provocations.
Some groups have announced the construction of Temples to worship him.
They too have a right to religious freedom and are entitled to worship any icon of their choosing, on their private property.
Any administrative interference in this would be an infringement of the religious freedom guaranteed by Article 25 of the Indian constitution.
In a country where Temples are constructed to worthless movie stars and political personalities, a monument to a revolutionary national martyr should not be out of the ordinary.
People who mindlessly vilify and condemn Shri Godse should read his eloquent testimony in court during the assassination trial and his will.
I was watching the Marathi drama "Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoye" on YouTube barely a week ago. Despite my limited knowledge of the Marathi language, I was moved to tears.