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Book contains the original statement given by Nathuram Godse (Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi). Writer is real brother of Nathuram Godse himself and narrates his accounts of all the events and takes us through the day of assassination till the day Nathuram Godse was hanged. Writer also puts forward crucial accounts of public and political opinions and reactions which were stirred Book contains the original statement given by Nathuram Godse (Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi). Writer is real brother of Nathuram Godse himself and narrates his accounts of all the events and takes us through the day of assassination till the day Nathuram Godse was hanged. Writer also puts forward crucial accounts of public and political opinions and reactions which were stirred up by assassination itself and also by Nathuram Godse's official statement to court.


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Book contains the original statement given by Nathuram Godse (Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi). Writer is real brother of Nathuram Godse himself and narrates his accounts of all the events and takes us through the day of assassination till the day Nathuram Godse was hanged. Writer also puts forward crucial accounts of public and political opinions and reactions which were stirred Book contains the original statement given by Nathuram Godse (Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi). Writer is real brother of Nathuram Godse himself and narrates his accounts of all the events and takes us through the day of assassination till the day Nathuram Godse was hanged. Writer also puts forward crucial accounts of public and political opinions and reactions which were stirred up by assassination itself and also by Nathuram Godse's official statement to court.

30 review for Why I Assassinated Mahatma Gandhi

  1. 5 out of 5

    Prateek Jain

    Got this banned book in a book fare. Must read to get a counter opinion on India's most loved man Gandhi. Nathuram Godse Justifies why was it important to kill him. Got this banned book in a book fare. Must read to get a counter opinion on India's most loved man Gandhi. Nathuram Godse Justifies why was it important to kill him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    This book was finally published after the court intervened. It gives a great insight into the way Godse thought and the events leading to the assasination. A good read for anyone who wants to know more about the historical background and the socio cultural context of the incident

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    From August 1946 to more than a year, Mahatma Gandhi travelled all over Bengal, including Naokhali, going from home after home, pleading Hindus as well as Muslims to not kill each other & trying to pacify the situation. Due to his efforts, Bengal suffered a lot less harm than expected at the dawn of freedom thus, making East Pakistan and later on Bangladesh an ally of India. What happened in Bengal was indeed a miracle. But at the same time, Punjab had started burning leading Gandhi to immediate From August 1946 to more than a year, Mahatma Gandhi travelled all over Bengal, including Naokhali, going from home after home, pleading Hindus as well as Muslims to not kill each other & trying to pacify the situation. Due to his efforts, Bengal suffered a lot less harm than expected at the dawn of freedom thus, making East Pakistan and later on Bangladesh an ally of India. What happened in Bengal was indeed a miracle. But at the same time, Punjab had started burning leading Gandhi to immediately head west towards Punjab only to stop by delhi in order to address the concerns of Hindus & Muslims. On February 8 or 9, he was supposed to arrive in Pakistan to ensure the protection of minorities there and ask those who had fled to India to return to their homes. Strikingly, nor the ganges nor his fragile old age nor the hostile communities who had stoop to the level of killing and raping each other, could stop him from spreading his peace message even in Pakistan until his last breath. On 30th Jan, 1948, Gandhi was assassinated by a proud Hindu & patriotic Indian - Nathuram Godse on his way to the morning prayer. Had Mahatma lived longer he could have been able to replicate in Punjab what he did in Bengal..!! It is but a wishful thinking, Pakistan might not have been as hostile a country as it is now. Maybe. Maybe not. But there was a possibility. In the book “Why I assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, that’s the Gandhi. Now let’s get to “I” - Nathuram Godse. Godse was born in a devotional Brahmin family who actively worked for the eradication of untouchability and the equality of all Hindus (Hindus). He believed it was his duty to serve Hindus (Hindus). Let me tell you a very parallel story - Jinnah was born in a devotional Muslim family who actively worked for the equality of all Muslims (Muslims). He believed it was his duty to serve Muslims (Muslims). . On one hand, there was Mahatma who saved more human lives than any of the so called “Hindu” or “Muslim” activists ever did. And then was Godse who boasts of his profound love for Hinduism and Hindus but nothing of other minorities. "Does it take one to be Hindu to love Hindus, to be a Muslim to feel for Muslims, to be a woman to fight female infanticide, to be a Black to fight racism?" While reading this book, I was sure that it was wrong to ban this book in the very first place, that too for so long. I mean, anyone can see that Godse was filled with hatred towards a significant population. How can someone spewing hatred from his heart influence any sane person? But the shocker - ratings on this site are heartbreaking and reviews show minimal to no research and critical thinking done on the part of reviewer to arrive at the conclusion. What does it reflect on our education system. How come we failed so drastically to teach our own history to youth, how come it’s so misguided & deluded about our founding fathers? Till the date, history is just a chronological study of what happened when, results will be mere disappointments. In the end, I need to borrow a line from Nandkishore Verma’s great review - "Godse is still alive in India, it seems - while Gandhi has been long buried".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Viraj Sawant

    An amazing book ! Nathuram Godse had his reasons to assassinate Mahatma. I can't judge them. Reading this book, it feels that those reasons were pretty logical; but then I haven't read much about Gandhiji. Basically I don't know if Nathuram Godse was right or not but what I know is that he was a great soul; confident at his convictions and yet at the same time flexible enough to accept the truth even if it possibly shattered all his beliefs on which he based his entire life. The statement, he de An amazing book ! Nathuram Godse had his reasons to assassinate Mahatma. I can't judge them. Reading this book, it feels that those reasons were pretty logical; but then I haven't read much about Gandhiji. Basically I don't know if Nathuram Godse was right or not but what I know is that he was a great soul; confident at his convictions and yet at the same time flexible enough to accept the truth even if it possibly shattered all his beliefs on which he based his entire life. The statement, he delivered in court is a great read. The other part which I liked most is the description of his last days. There you get the feel of the gravity of his soul. I don't know if he is right or wrong but regardless of that I am in awe of that soul after reading the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anuj Jha

    I have been very critical of Gandhiji's supremacy over Indian Politics in last 3 decades of undivided / non-independent India. His failure of all three movements he either started or participated is well known. His pro-Muslim and anti-Hindu philosophy is what is the basis of today's so called Seculars (Sick-ulars). I'm not anti-Muslims but rather than looking into problems on both sides, history has the occasions when he knowingly looked away from atrocities being levied on Hindus in particular. T I have been very critical of Gandhiji's supremacy over Indian Politics in last 3 decades of undivided / non-independent India. His failure of all three movements he either started or participated is well known. His pro-Muslim and anti-Hindu philosophy is what is the basis of today's so called Seculars (Sick-ulars). I'm not anti-Muslims but rather than looking into problems on both sides, history has the occasions when he knowingly looked away from atrocities being levied on Hindus in particular. The flawed Gandhian principal is still in existence. This is what is destroying idea of India. India is plural, I have always accepted this as a fact and I'm proud of it. But idea of India says, 'all are equal, be it of any community', 'no special favors to any community' and 'development of everyone equally'. Nathuram proves this point in his statement to the court. This book is too much relevant in today's India esp. for the new Khaki Kurta or Kurti or Saree wearing NGO Activists with combed hair or lipstick shouting for secularism without knowing true essence and meaning of this word.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gorab

    Before picking this book: I'm well aware how naïve I can be and its pretty easy to brainwash me. However, whatever be the reasons, killing someone for a difference of opinion is not at all acceptable. Holding a ban on the publication of his statement may not be only for a political reason, albeit to suppress encouraging these kind of violent thoughts. After reading: This is a must read. Brainwash or no brainwash, should be left upto the individual to decide. However, the statements presented by Nat Before picking this book: I'm well aware how naïve I can be and its pretty easy to brainwash me. However, whatever be the reasons, killing someone for a difference of opinion is not at all acceptable. Holding a ban on the publication of his statement may not be only for a political reason, albeit to suppress encouraging these kind of violent thoughts. After reading: This is a must read. Brainwash or no brainwash, should be left upto the individual to decide. However, the statements presented by Nathuram Godse are very detailed and give a clear insight on his intentions. It was a well thought execution, with full awareness of its consequences. He has addressed Gandhiji with respect in spite of having major difference in opinion. He did try to hold peaceful protests against the Gandhian notion. Going for a fast and twisting the arm of government body, thereby crippling democracy may be termed as non-violence, but this act hindering prevention of mass massacre is by no means non-violent! Overall: As the old and wise adage goes: there is no absolute truth. It is always your truth and my truth. Disturbed to realize quiet a lot of quintessential history data has been treated like this. Verdict: Must read! P.S.: This was my secret santa gift (thx Guttu) couple of years ago. Should have picked it up earlier :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ishani

    This book should be beyond review. It’s not a cooked up story to provide merits and demerits to it. But this book is a must for every Indian to understand the divide in the society, wherein lies the seed of the divide. The statements of Godse makes you think harder on how History was twisted, modified and suppressed! It is high time to declassify many documents from Indian history and modern Indian history be re-written.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Varuna

    I took a long time to finish such a thin book. Sometimes I needed to sit with a marker to highlight facts. While no violence can be defended least of all, that of Gandhi. But it can't be denied that Nathuram put his case very logically. It also affirmed what I always felt: that Gandhi was not very democratic in his approach. All kinds of satyagraha and fast unto death are manipulative and blackmail. I felt similarly in the recent Anna Hazare case too. Ironically, had Nathuram not killed him, Gand I took a long time to finish such a thin book. Sometimes I needed to sit with a marker to highlight facts. While no violence can be defended least of all, that of Gandhi. But it can't be denied that Nathuram put his case very logically. It also affirmed what I always felt: that Gandhi was not very democratic in his approach. All kinds of satyagraha and fast unto death are manipulative and blackmail. I felt similarly in the recent Anna Hazare case too. Ironically, had Nathuram not killed him, Gandhi would have lost his credibility within a couple of years as he was not unbiased in his approach not only for communities but also for persons as was seen in the case of Subhash Chandra Bose.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sikata

    My grandparents are home. My granddad picked up this book and was surprised that it was available. He said this was a banned book and people possessing it in his time were punished. I said the freedom of speech act facilitated this. He said our country has come a long way. Indian history has been illustrated by the Congress so far (winners write history. Isn't it?) But this is a RSS view of the events. Gandhiji was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30.01.1948 at Birla House. The incident spread l My grandparents are home. My granddad picked up this book and was surprised that it was available. He said this was a banned book and people possessing it in his time were punished. I said the freedom of speech act facilitated this. He said our country has come a long way. Indian history has been illustrated by the Congress so far (winners write history. Isn't it?) But this is a RSS view of the events. Gandhiji was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30.01.1948 at Birla House. The incident spread like wildfire and Radio had arrived for the first time in our state and the news was delivered. People were shocked. Riots swept Mumbai (then Bombay). Newspapers all over published the same. What views I supported in the book- Gandhiji though right in his teachings of ' Ahimsa' didn't see it through completely at times. His desperation to unite Hindu-Muslim community only drove them further apart fuelled largly by the British too. I'm not an extremist Hindu but I do think Gandhiji should have stood by Bhagat Singh and co and shouldn't have sent them to the gallows. His opposition to Bose was a power play that drove Bose to get help from the Japanese. Also I have found the "Hey Ram" supposedly uttered by Gandhiji to be tad dramtic. After 3 point blank shots, I doubt anybody can utter comprehensible words. Letting the British drag Indians to ww1 and ww2 even if it wasn't our war and we really needed to focus on our freedom strategies was something I didn't support. What I didn't like - Statements about making India a hindutva nation. No sir, secular please. I still fancy my cake at Christmas and Biryani at Id. The partition in view of the mass murders and loots was a correct decision in my point of view to bring peace. Losing lives to just keep something whole isn't worth it. Godse was discarded by RSS after the assassination. But nothing that Godse said, justifies committing a murder. Godse was found mentally sane and was executed in November, 1949 in Ambala. Now, the decision to read or not read this banned book lies solely on the person. Do you want to carry an untarnished version of Gandhiji? Then don't. These are just views. I as a person will be considered good by some and bad by some. It's all subjective. Nevertheless as educated people, we need to be aware of our history as a whole from all points but still not be blood thirsty extremists. Thin line really.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    It’s our history which was not told to us. We deserve to know our history as it was and not the changed version. We were taught in our schools that Godse was a bad man as he killed him. Why we were never told why he killed Gandhi? Let the people decide whether he was right or wrong. For several years these writings or statements were under ban. People should know about the killing. “The press carried portions of the statement the next day. Both the intelligent class and mass which were kept in da It’s our history which was not told to us. We deserve to know our history as it was and not the changed version. We were taught in our schools that Godse was a bad man as he killed him. Why we were never told why he killed Gandhi? Let the people decide whether he was right or wrong. For several years these writings or statements were under ban. People should know about the killing. “The press carried portions of the statement the next day. Both the intelligent class and mass which were kept in dark came to know of the stand of Godse. They also came to know that he had not denied the charge of assassinating Gandhi. Jawarharlal Nehru was the prime minister of India at that time. On his directions, state after state banned the publication of his statement, in part or in full. After hearing the statement of Godse. No sooner the judges returned to their chambers, the police pounced on the press reporters, snatched their note books and tore them into pieces. They threatened the persons of true reporting”. Banning or hiding the portions of history is no solution. Just remember there are always two sides to every story. And most the time no one is completely innocent. Just don't ever second guess it. Most of us knew only one sided truth but if someone wants to discover another side, this is the book. I was enlightened by the information provided in this book. I am not against Gandhi but undoubtedly blinded by his ideology of non-violence he made many large mistakes which has been deliberately hidden from public knowledge. Read this book to know the other side of story. Readers should read this book to know the reality. Don’t listen to others what they say. Read this book to educate yourself. You are the one who decide not others. Form your own opinion after reading this book. Everyone should read it, not just Indians. One more thing there is 9 pages kindle version of this book, don't read that one. Entire statement is more than 120 pages. So buy that one which has around 200 pages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deepu George

    History always have different point of views. As long as the reader do not try to understand the different point of views the understanding of history Will remain incomplete . Till now we have been studying Indian history thorough the eyes of leftist historians and Gandhian stalwarts while the tide is changing and the saffron brigade is taking over. So both ways we are at a loss as a student of history. The only way to reach a better conclusion is by trying to bring out the gems from both the s History always have different point of views. As long as the reader do not try to understand the different point of views the understanding of history Will remain incomplete . Till now we have been studying Indian history thorough the eyes of leftist historians and Gandhian stalwarts while the tide is changing and the saffron brigade is taking over. So both ways we are at a loss as a student of history. The only way to reach a better conclusion is by trying to bring out the gems from both the sides of the divide For me as a student Nadhuram Vinayak Godse has always been the black villian who shot the pure hearted Mahatma Gandhi who lost his life for the freedom of all of us. But as time went on contrasting thoughts about The Mahatma started coming out... some believable like the egoistic personality of the person who is Gandhi, to the might be paedophile , which the chance being really low. What ever be as I started to understand the Mahatma being not so pure, did I decide to understand more of the his contrast, "Nadhuram" . This book contains the events of 30TH Jan 1948, The accused ,the events of the trial and Godse's defence of his deeds. All these has been combined by the co accused , Nadhurams brother Gopal Godse. The events and the trial is well documented. We get a glimpse of the Man Nadhuram and how and why he decided to kill Gandhiji. The long list of Gandhijis pro Muslim stands and all those culminating in the vivisection of the land of India which is the single most important event in the mind of him which made him decide on eliminating the Man . Well what ever be , his decision to eliminate Gandhiji can never be accepted as sane,but at least some of the points which he puts forward seems to be genuine This book I suggest for all those who want to understand the history of India and I pray those who decide to read approach the book with a clear mindset

  12. 5 out of 5

    Atul Sabnis

    There's much commotion these days of books being banned and such. While this is not a book in the true sense of the word (it is a statement by Nathuram Godse, given in court as he stood accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi), it is perhaps one of the earliest documents that was banned by the government, from being published. (The ban was lifted in 1968). It has been converted to a book form by his younger brother, who was also imprisoned as a co-conspirator for abetment and was imprisoned for l There's much commotion these days of books being banned and such. While this is not a book in the true sense of the word (it is a statement by Nathuram Godse, given in court as he stood accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi), it is perhaps one of the earliest documents that was banned by the government, from being published. (The ban was lifted in 1968). It has been converted to a book form by his younger brother, who was also imprisoned as a co-conspirator for abetment and was imprisoned for life (released in 1964 after serving 16 years). While the statement of Nathuram Godse is the meat of the book — 102 of the 208 pages — has now been released with context, by his brother, Gopal Godse. Like most medium-sized Indian publications, the book suffers heavily from a lack of editorial and design intervention. All the more unfortunate for this specific and critical episode in our history. Needless to say, the controversial nature of the content, even after six decades, is perhaps the reason why no major publisher in India will ever seek to acquire such a title. It, then, automatically falls to the small-and-medium sized publishers.I'd like to congratulate Farsight Publishers for that. Irrespective of your own beliefs of the role, contribution, and the impact of various leaders in the Indian Freedom Struggle, this book is worth a read. That this man assassinated the most popular figure in the history of Indian independence cannot be a reason not to read the book; in fact it is the reason, why this book needs to be read. The statement by Nathuram Godse is an articulate statement of his reason. And this being a court record, there is little scope for a fiction-creep, and perhaps, therefore, less easy to dismiss as fiction. It matters less whether your reasons are right or wrong, and which prism they are viewed from. It matters more how convinced you are in your purpose and how well you can rationally defend and articulate that purpose. Nathuram Godse did that with great skill and art. For that one reason, at least, this is a definite read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Akash Aarya

    The very easy task is to differentiate between good and bad, malevolent and benevolent but differentiate between the two goods is quite difficult. Same thing is happening here both are very intellectual persons so you could not decide who is wrong because both have their own valid issues. As far as my concern I totally condemn the assassination, there are many ways to express your views. Nathuram Vinayak Godse did dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi at Birla Temple and he did not gave any response The very easy task is to differentiate between good and bad, malevolent and benevolent but differentiate between the two goods is quite difficult. Same thing is happening here both are very intellectual persons so you could not decide who is wrong because both have their own valid issues. As far as my concern I totally condemn the assassination, there are many ways to express your views. Nathuram Vinayak Godse did dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi at Birla Temple and he did not gave any response to him(Mahatma Gandhi was paying his attention only for one community at that time and totally he was biased for them as mentioned in the book), he should continue his protest, dharna, satayagrah whatever until the Mahatma Gandhi being well aware from his thought. HE has their own reasons which cannot be ignored specially when the INDIA needs the unity in our society and if these things were happening, was unfortunate for INDIA but still he had to be more patient.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Apratim Mukherjee

    To start off,my interest in this book was generated by social media and Hindu proproganda.But this book contains Godse' s statements and never glorifies him.The thing I learnt is extreme non violence is also violence.Lastly Godse didn't do the right thing. To start off,my interest in this book was generated by social media and Hindu proproganda.But this book contains Godse' s statements and never glorifies him.The thing I learnt is extreme non violence is also violence.Lastly Godse didn't do the right thing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tony Sheldon

    Maybe time has justified his acts. But where is the line? Just so to save one if you kill another, does that make the act morally right? Or to save many. Allegedly too many. Maybe he did really deserve it. There were certainly some mistakes on the part of Gandhiji. And maybe, just maybe, the death he got became more glorified than what time would have granted him otherwise. Nathuram gives his reasoning for the assassination. The reasoning seems well formed. The argument pretty solid. The book gives Maybe time has justified his acts. But where is the line? Just so to save one if you kill another, does that make the act morally right? Or to save many. Allegedly too many. Maybe he did really deserve it. There were certainly some mistakes on the part of Gandhiji. And maybe, just maybe, the death he got became more glorified than what time would have granted him otherwise. Nathuram gives his reasoning for the assassination. The reasoning seems well formed. The argument pretty solid. The book gives a good account of the whole incident and all the accused involved with some extra information.The version was poorly edited. And after reading, a lot more can still be learned about the assassination.The morality of it, of course, depends on what you already know and how much you weigh logic with respect to fundamental moral truths. 4 stars for the official statement of Godse.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    I'm moved to read a counter opinion produced by Nathuram Godse. The ban on the book has been removed and people get to examine both sides of the coin or should I say multiple sides. The language used by the author in his statements, being an editor of a national newspaper, is influencing, straightforward and concise. Godse presents his case firmly. Unadulterated history is all one desires to witness. But it is not completely possible. There are 7 billion people in the world and 14 billion views. I'm moved to read a counter opinion produced by Nathuram Godse. The ban on the book has been removed and people get to examine both sides of the coin or should I say multiple sides. The language used by the author in his statements, being an editor of a national newspaper, is influencing, straightforward and concise. Godse presents his case firmly. Unadulterated history is all one desires to witness. But it is not completely possible. There are 7 billion people in the world and 14 billion views. One must trust his conscience and be its own watchman.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Insomniac

    i think nathu ram godse was right and there must be some reason behind this that he killed gandhi and someone foreigner have told gandhi that someone of your own country will kill you and same happened

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Saxena

    That's really worth reading. I don't know why this book was banned. If this would haven't banned then every Indian would have knew about the ill-mentality of Gandhi of keeping him before nation. This work from the accused of Gandhi's assassination deeply cleared the reason for why he should have done that. The time when every sort of Indian trying to get rid of British rule in India, this Bluff-master kept trying his ill instincts to rule the country rather than helping to let us be a free nation. That's really worth reading. I don't know why this book was banned. If this would haven't banned then every Indian would have knew about the ill-mentality of Gandhi of keeping him before nation. This work from the accused of Gandhi's assassination deeply cleared the reason for why he should have done that. The time when every sort of Indian trying to get rid of British rule in India, this Bluff-master kept trying his ill instincts to rule the country rather than helping to let us be a free nation. In the name of Hindu-Muslim unity, Gandhi deceived every Indian no matter from which class, caste, creed, religion they were. Nathuram along with Nana Apte gave final touch to his frustration that was summing up for so long due to the scenario that Gandhi created in the country. If he was really old then why he didn't ask for any young boy to help him move rather than young girls, this shows how pervert he was. Since, 1914 till his death, not a single time was that when he got succeed in his mission which he showed he was on. Apart from going on fasting he did nothing. And, that also for his own sake & not the nation. How much he was jealous of Netaji was also depicted in the book precisely. If he would have really supported Netaji Bose, we would have won much earlier. But he and his supporters including Nehru did all for saving their own thrones post independence. Even the vivisection of nation had been done & that also because of him, but even then didn't stopped. Matter was not of supporting one religion and exploiting other, but its how he managed well enough to let the people fight for unnecessary reason that led them nowhere but hell. Women were raped, children were killed, whole dynasty of most of the families did extinct in civil riots but he was saving his ass in the Birla house, British donation to one of the many Indian Sycophants. Whole reality that was given the form of Book by Gopal Godse, shows imaginary views of united, undivided and happy India thatwe would have been the part of; only if this single person was not the part of Indian History, pre-independence. Sir GD Khosla's words that were taken from his book, to include as a part in this book, on the case of Gandhi assassination cleared very well the thoughts of viewers who actually heard Nathuram Godse during case hearing. No man of good honor and happy family could do such kind of act, killing someone. The reasons were clear why Nathuram took this huge step of killing some renowned person of the then time. In his own words, he said that he kept country over some single living figure. The book is really impressing and showcasing the real scenario of the time that we most of present citizens of India are unaware of. Nation first, then I. Salute to INDIA.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    It’s our history which was not told to us. We deserve to know our history as it was and not the changed version. We were taught in our schools that Godse was a bad man as he killed him. Why we were never told why he killed Gandhi? Let the people decide whether he was right or wrong. For several years these writings or statements were under ban. People should know about the killing. “The press carried portions of the statement the next day. Both the intelligent class and mass which were kept in dar It’s our history which was not told to us. We deserve to know our history as it was and not the changed version. We were taught in our schools that Godse was a bad man as he killed him. Why we were never told why he killed Gandhi? Let the people decide whether he was right or wrong. For several years these writings or statements were under ban. People should know about the killing. “The press carried portions of the statement the next day. Both the intelligent class and mass which were kept in dark came to know of the stand of Godse. They also came to know that he had not denied the charge of assassinating Gandhi. Jawarharlal Nehru was the prime minister of India at that time. On his directions, state after state banned the publication of his statement, in part or in full. After hearing the statement of Godse. No sooner the judges returned to their chambers, the police pounced on the press reporters, snatched their note books and tore them into pieces. They threatened the persons of true reporting”. Banning or hiding the portions of history is no solution. Just remember there are always two sides to every story. And most the time no one is completely innocent. Just don't ever second guess it. Most of us knew only one sided truth but if someone wants to discover another side, this is the book. I was enlightened by the information provided in this book. I am not against Gandhi but undoubtedly blinded by his ideology of non-violence he made many large mistakes which has been deliberately hidden from public knowledge. Read this book to know the other side of story. Readers should read this book to know the reality. Don’t listen to others what they say. Read this book to educate yourself. You are the one who decide not others. Form your own opinion after reading this book. Everyone should read it, not just Indians. One more thing there is 9 pages kindle version of this book, don't read that one. Entire statement is more than 120 pages. So buy that one which has around 200 pages.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dhruv Sharma

    The 90% of the book is based on Nathuram’s confession statement given in court where he explained why and what he did. With my puny knowledge on history and experience in the matter it would not be appropriate to judge whether Nathuram’s action was justified or not. At many instances during the read indeed I felt that what he was correct and I also felt vice versa at other instances in the book. I do agree with the statement that creating Pakistan was a failure of Ghandi’s political and social carr The 90% of the book is based on Nathuram’s confession statement given in court where he explained why and what he did. With my puny knowledge on history and experience in the matter it would not be appropriate to judge whether Nathuram’s action was justified or not. At many instances during the read indeed I felt that what he was correct and I also felt vice versa at other instances in the book. I do agree with the statement that creating Pakistan was a failure of Ghandi’s political and social carrier and he must have had stopped interfering in the government functioning then. His double standards on various things related to a specific religion was also not good. He should have made decisions based on what is right and what is wrong instead of always favouring minorities. I truly feel that this all religious thing was and is like poison which has caused millions of death and will surely be responsible for total end (Armageddon). When did everyone will understand that religion and god are man made stories and fantasies created to give moral support to people in their low & down time. People can be different due to their beliefs and rituals but different doesn’t mean evil. The plot and matter is indeed very important and holds a great significance in the history but the they way the whole book is written does not justify the same. It could have been far better but indeed it is very knowledgeable for anyone looking for pure details and facts without any dramatic presentation of the history. You must read if to know facts and see other side of story instead of believing views imposed on you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hitessh Panchal

    Every Indian who faces the discriminatory politics of Congress , should read this ! Totally Justified Explanation by Nathuram Godse on why Mahatma Gandhi needed to be assassinated. The Pseudo Gandhian of India may think it otherwise ,but the truth remains that he was killed due to his own ambitions !!! This is just not a book though, but the statement by Godse himself, why he felt the need to assassinate Gandhi. The book was banned , due to the liberal policy of INCongress , so they could hide th Every Indian who faces the discriminatory politics of Congress , should read this ! Totally Justified Explanation by Nathuram Godse on why Mahatma Gandhi needed to be assassinated. The Pseudo Gandhian of India may think it otherwise ,but the truth remains that he was killed due to his own ambitions !!! This is just not a book though, but the statement by Godse himself, why he felt the need to assassinate Gandhi. The book was banned , due to the liberal policy of INCongress , so they could hide their face behind their lame cowardly policies of dividing a country , for the sake of remaining in Power !!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Siddharth

    I gave 4 stars to this because this book has been beneficial and full of clarity for me, in a kind of, two-fold manner. Firstly, it shouts a well presented defence; an attempt at justification of the act that shook the nation on the 30th January, 1948. Secondly, the formidable presentation becomes an aide to analyse yourself — to what degree do you agree with, with the intent? How deep do you resonate with the thought process? I found myself partially agreeing to some points, disagreeing with some I gave 4 stars to this because this book has been beneficial and full of clarity for me, in a kind of, two-fold manner. Firstly, it shouts a well presented defence; an attempt at justification of the act that shook the nation on the 30th January, 1948. Secondly, the formidable presentation becomes an aide to analyse yourself — to what degree do you agree with, with the intent? How deep do you resonate with the thought process? I found myself partially agreeing to some points, disagreeing with some. I reconfirmed that I am not an extremist. And I also learnt, you can be an extremist and still condemn the killing. Godse’s opinion of Gandhi was the one of immense respect, but difference in ideologies led to the unfortunate event — is what I learnt growing up. But this book sheds light on things that rack your brain. It made me think — does the killing justify itself on the grounds of “difference in ideologies” OR does it shout of Godse’s weakness and an apparent moral/psychological defeat that led up to violence? Godse’s opinion of Gandhi was more of a kind — “I immensely respect that a**hole Gandhi”. Respect, only to an extent to not seem immoral and insolent to social eyes. The kind of respect that would make one ask him -- "Do you? Really?". Nevertheless, the defence was well put. This not only helps understand the mentality of today’s extremists, but also how some of them are unclear and deviated they are from their personal source of inspiration.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Surabhi

    This book contains Godse's very eloquent, compelling and heartfelt statement in court, followed by a description of events that happened before and after the judgment. Having earlier read about Gandhi and the freedom movement only in history books- this book provides a slightly different view of India's struggle for freedom and how every freedom fighter had a different way in mind to achieve it. Gandhi's principle of non-violence seems impractical and I sympathize with Godse's views as well. The This book contains Godse's very eloquent, compelling and heartfelt statement in court, followed by a description of events that happened before and after the judgment. Having earlier read about Gandhi and the freedom movement only in history books- this book provides a slightly different view of India's struggle for freedom and how every freedom fighter had a different way in mind to achieve it. Gandhi's principle of non-violence seems impractical and I sympathize with Godse's views as well. The description of Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte's last few days in prison tell us about the strength and resolve of his soul.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mohit Garg

    This book will change your perception about certain things in history. To be very honest i am very much influenced by Gandhiji as a person and saw his journey in two different ways, one was his growth as an individual and another one was his political growth. As a person i still am and will always be under his influence. But after reading this book I came to understand that some of his political decisions were complete failure. This book gives u a sort of alternate history that many people are u This book will change your perception about certain things in history. To be very honest i am very much influenced by Gandhiji as a person and saw his journey in two different ways, one was his growth as an individual and another one was his political growth. As a person i still am and will always be under his influence. But after reading this book I came to understand that some of his political decisions were complete failure. This book gives u a sort of alternate history that many people are unaware of. Many very strong arguments have been put forward by Godse and are based on facts in favour of what he did.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nihanth

    Firstly, I am lucky to get paper copy of this banned book. This book is not about the moral policing, judgement of action or a personality demeaning book towards Gandhi. As the title suggests, book reveals the rational Godse behind murdering Gandhi. Godse's story is inriguing and compelling at the same time. This book reflects the gray period India went through. Gandhi was the reason for quite a few attrocious things that India went through.I would not dwell much upon this sensitive topic, but t Firstly, I am lucky to get paper copy of this banned book. This book is not about the moral policing, judgement of action or a personality demeaning book towards Gandhi. As the title suggests, book reveals the rational Godse behind murdering Gandhi. Godse's story is inriguing and compelling at the same time. This book reflects the gray period India went through. Gandhi was the reason for quite a few attrocious things that India went through.I would not dwell much upon this sensitive topic, but this book is definately a mus read in order to know a clearer history of indepenence of India.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chaahat Jain

    Read this book if you want to see the country’s past through a new perspective or know about Whimsical, biased acts of our Father of the Nation. I believe everyone will have a different opinion after reading this book about Nathuram Godse , the man who killed Gandhi. I would definitely suggest this book to everyone because i feel the history we’ve been taught from our childhood is far away from being completely true.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Harish Singhal

    I guess 5 stars isn't enough :)) They told us who killed MK Gandhi (Also mentioning his caste), But they banned the statement of Nathuram Godse. Why? FOE? The same people kept us away from our glorious history,Why? While this is not a book in the true sense of the word (it is a statement by Nathuram Godse, given in court as he stood accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi). After the ban was lifted by the Bombay High Court in 1968. Later converted to a book, With Nathuram Godse's statement reprod I guess 5 stars isn't enough :)) They told us who killed MK Gandhi (Also mentioning his caste), But they banned the statement of Nathuram Godse. Why? FOE? The same people kept us away from our glorious history,Why? While this is not a book in the true sense of the word (it is a statement by Nathuram Godse, given in court as he stood accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi). After the ban was lifted by the Bombay High Court in 1968. Later converted to a book, With Nathuram Godse's statement reproduced by his brother Gopal Godse' (who was also imprisoned as a co-conspirator for abetment and was imprisoned for life,released in 1964 after serving 16 years) with Justice G.D. Khosla's Memoirs. This book is not about the moral policing, judgement of action or a personality demeaning book towards Gandhi. It doesn't matter whether the reasons are right or wrong, and which prism they are viewed from. It matters more how convinced you are in your purpose and how well you can rationally defend and articulate that purpose. Mk Gandhi was the reason for quite a few atrocious things that India went through. I would not dwell much upon this sensitive topic, but this book is definitely a must read in order to know a clearer history of independence of India. Yet The Question still remains, Who shot the fourth bullet? 𝑨 𝑴𝑼𝑺𝑻 𝑹𝑬𝑨𝑫 𝑩𝑶𝑶𝑲 𝑭𝑶𝑹 𝑬𝑽𝑬𝑹 𝑰𝑵𝑫𝑰𝑨𝑵. 𝗔𝗞𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗕𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗧 𝗔𝗠𝗔𝗥 𝗥𝗔𝗛𝗘 - 𝗩𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗘 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗠.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mahua

    Before I start penning my thoughts on this book, let me make it obvious that is no fiction or imagination. It is indeed the presentation of his own thoughts by Nathuram Godse. We may all say that he killed a person & hence his morality is questionable. But he had his reasons and those were not his personal reasons. Mr. Godse's love for undivided India was enormous . When Gandhiji went for his last fast so that India Government pays Rs: 55 crores to Pakistan, he felt the need to end the life of G Before I start penning my thoughts on this book, let me make it obvious that is no fiction or imagination. It is indeed the presentation of his own thoughts by Nathuram Godse. We may all say that he killed a person & hence his morality is questionable. But he had his reasons and those were not his personal reasons. Mr. Godse's love for undivided India was enormous . When Gandhiji went for his last fast so that India Government pays Rs: 55 crores to Pakistan, he felt the need to end the life of Gandhiji. His arguments were concrete and was completely articulated with facts with dates. His thought independence of India on 15th August 1947 was not an event of happiness or celebration. Rather it was the beginning of that horrendous story which kick started yet again a series of murders, riots, rapes of women, people getting homeless. Another thought which I find extremely convincing is when a new country of Pakistan was formed on communal basis, why did the leaders kept on chanting secularism. The very foundation of secularism was killed with creation of a new country on communal basis. The composure, intellect with which Mr. Godse handled the entire trial and his surrender to police is praise worthy. If we are interested in the history of our country & also on some key issues that our country faces today, this book should be read. Am glad that I could lay my hands on this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Akash

    An emotional powerhouse! This is a Must Read Book for every Indian, maybe in curriculum too. Just like a coin has 2 sides everyone has the right to know what Nathuram had to say regarding Gandhis political work in India. Rest let the masses decide who or what they want to believe in. One needs to read this book to know what I'm feeling now. Literally goosebumps! An emotional powerhouse! This is a Must Read Book for every Indian, maybe in curriculum too. Just like a coin has 2 sides everyone has the right to know what Nathuram had to say regarding Gandhis political work in India. Rest let the masses decide who or what they want to believe in. One needs to read this book to know what I'm feeling now. Literally goosebumps!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shubhank Singh Chouhan

    It is not only your right but also your duty to read this text. Nathuram deserves his last word to be read, when you worship someone and give a godly status you ignore he was a human after all. Calling him Mahatma doesn't make him without a flaw, give it a read you will learn a lot. It is not only your right but also your duty to read this text. Nathuram deserves his last word to be read, when you worship someone and give a godly status you ignore he was a human after all. Calling him Mahatma doesn't make him without a flaw, give it a read you will learn a lot.

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