In a quiet corner of Pune, they manager to keep alive a sense of disquiet. The families of Mahatma Gandhis assassins continue to commemorate their "martyrdom" and cherish their unful-filled dream of an Akhand Bharat, or Greater India. Once again, at a recent gathering, their views found an audience. Only this time the focus was not Nathuram Godse or Narayan Apte, but co-conspirator Gopal Godse and his wife Sindhutai.
A function at Pune to celebrate his 75th birthday on June 1 offered Gopal Godse a forum to express his side of the story. "Everyday of Gandhis life was harmful to India. He was an impediment that had to be removed," said Gopal Godse, who spent 14 years in jail for his role in the conspiracy.