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Ashes For Posterity

At 78, the last of the Godse brothers keeps alive the spirit of their cause

Ashes For Posterity
Ashes For Posterity
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For decades now, from his Sadashiv Peth flat in Pune, Gopal Godse has been defending the memory of his brother. Besides writing books Gandhi Hatya ani Me (Gandhi's assassination and I) and Panchchavan Koticha Bali (the sacrifice of 55 crores), he has also made claims to 'Hindu' heritage sites: Shah Jahan's Taj Mahal is a Shiva temple and the Qutub Minar a Vishnu Dhwaja, intones Godse. Except for Hindu Mahasabha members, his theories don't have many buyers. Yet a continuing interest in the 'Gandhi vs Godse' story has spun out the 12 edition of Gandhi Hatya ani Me , first banned in the late '60s. That is the good news for Gopal Godse.

"Look, my generation is practically over and the current generation might not see it. But the next one might see Nathuram Godse for the patriot he was." To this end, the Godse clan and the 'Nathuram Godse Ichchapatra Nyas' commemorate November 15, the day of Narayanrao Apte and Nathuram's 'martyrdom', as 'Ichchapatra Punar Vachat Diwas' (repetition of the will day). As per his command, Nathuram's ashes are to be immersed in the Sindhu river only when it flows under the Indian flag. Till then, the foundation is to ensure it is passed on from one generation to the next.

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