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Godse approached Gandhi on January 30, 1948 during the evening prayer at 5:15PM. When Godse bowed, one of the girls flanking and supporting Gandhi, said to Godse, "Brother, Bapu is already late" and tried to put him off, but he pushed her aside and shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point-blank range with a semi-automatic pistol. Gandhi was taken to Birla-House, where Godse approached Gandhi on January 30, 1948 during the evening prayer at 5:15PM. When Godse bowed, one of the girls flanking and supporting Gandhi, said to Godse, "Brother, Bapu is already late" and tried to put him off, but he pushed her aside and shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point-blank range with a semi-automatic pistol. Gandhi was taken to Birla-House, where he later died. This is the autobiography of Gandhi's killer. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)


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Godse approached Gandhi on January 30, 1948 during the evening prayer at 5:15PM. When Godse bowed, one of the girls flanking and supporting Gandhi, said to Godse, "Brother, Bapu is already late" and tried to put him off, but he pushed her aside and shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point-blank range with a semi-automatic pistol. Gandhi was taken to Birla-House, where Godse approached Gandhi on January 30, 1948 during the evening prayer at 5:15PM. When Godse bowed, one of the girls flanking and supporting Gandhi, said to Godse, "Brother, Bapu is already late" and tried to put him off, but he pushed her aside and shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point-blank range with a semi-automatic pistol. Gandhi was taken to Birla-House, where he later died. This is the autobiography of Gandhi's killer. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

30 review for Why I killed Gandhi: Revised Edition of Original Version (Classics to Go)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    I came to know that this "book" is finally available in India only yesterday, when a firestorm broke over it in one of the reading groups I am part of on FB. It was banned in India, mostly for the same reasons that Mein Kampf is banned in Germany: it is the voice of a villain from the political past, which may find rapport with like-minded people awaiting to go astray. This argument is absolute bollocks and the banning of the book was a political act - and it was reversed, too, as a political ac I came to know that this "book" is finally available in India only yesterday, when a firestorm broke over it in one of the reading groups I am part of on FB. It was banned in India, mostly for the same reasons that Mein Kampf is banned in Germany: it is the voice of a villain from the political past, which may find rapport with like-minded people awaiting to go astray. This argument is absolute bollocks and the banning of the book was a political act - and it was reversed, too, as a political act, IMO. Godse had been a member of the RSS, and even though the party disowned him after the murder, there is a group of the extreme Hindu right-wingers who still consider him as some sort of incarnation who got rid of the evil Mahatma: and the Hindu Right is extremely influential in the corridors of power right now. This is the statement Nathuram Godse made in court during his trial for the murder of Gandhi. It was rumoured to be extremely eloquent and influential: the presiding judge reportedly said that if the audience were the jury, they would have acquitted Godse. So after such a compelling testimonial, I was all agog to read it, to understand the irrefutable arguments why the murder of an old man was essential for the preservation of India and Hinduism. Well, folks, I must tell you it turned out to be one damp squib. Mind you, had Godse entitled this "Why I oppose Gandhi" and used it as an electioneering pamphlet, I would have some points of agreement with him and many more on which I could understand his point of view even if I didn't agree. However, as justification for murder, one cannot accept any kind of eloquence. Gandhi was a bit of a weirdo and highly impractical in some of his views, this much I can agree with him. The remaining arguments, about India being a Hindu nation and the idea of Muslims are invaders and killers, directly derived from Savarkar's Hindutva, I can understand if not sympathise. Nathuram was a dyed-in-the-wool Hindu nationalist, the likes of who are very common in India today, and his arguments are all familiar: Muslims are alien to our country and violent, Gandhi gifted India to the Muslims through his appeasement, he allowed the British and Jinnah to partition the country...etc, etc. These are the standard arguments of the saffron brigade even today, and it is based on their flawed reading and deliberate political falsification of history. Reading this statement, one can understand how Godse had been brainwashed into pinpointing Gandhi as the devil incarnate and marking him worthy of elimination. And it is this penchant of the extremists for physically removing the objects of their ire that is unacceptable. Godse uses examples from Hindu myth to show that violence is a regrettable necessity sometimes, and Gandhi's doctrine of ahimsa is basically flawed. Sadly, I hear the same arguments used in modern-day India through the strident voices of the extreme Hindu Right. Godse is still alive in India, it seems - while Gandhi has been long buried.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Taher Al Kiyumi

    Goodness! This's really a good book. It's written in an abstractedly manner. Founding a solution out of the absurd situation they had. Regardless of the action NATHURAM GODES had done, how anyone could have handled GANDHI dictatorship? Putting GANDHI'S down was a fair way to eliminate his vivisection to many Indians in that past time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    rajeev prathi

    Sad that no Indian gets to learn this side of the story It is very unfortunate that as citizens of India we do not get the opportunity to listen to the other side. Indian history was written by Congress and therefore there is no room given to anything that is against them. Current day politics is still on the same lines. Minority appeasement should stop for a just society to emerge.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Thanks to the wonderful review of Shantala, I decided to read this book. Since it was a 10 page long ebook, I breezed through it within 10 mins. It was powerful but had nothing new that I didn’t already know. I knew why Gandhi was killed and why division of the country was a really bad move. We are still suffering from the consequences of dividing a country based on religion. Religion should never be the deciding factor for making any kind of political decision. But what I did not know were the Thanks to the wonderful review of Shantala, I decided to read this book. Since it was a 10 page long ebook, I breezed through it within 10 mins. It was powerful but had nothing new that I didn’t already know. I knew why Gandhi was killed and why division of the country was a really bad move. We are still suffering from the consequences of dividing a country based on religion. Religion should never be the deciding factor for making any kind of political decision. But what I did not know were the other reasons behind his assassination. It was not just the division that provoked Godse. Would we get freedom through violence and without Gandhi’s non violence movement? I am not sure as we were not successful for 100 yrs through violence. But WWII happened which weakened British so could we succeed with just violence? I am not sure. Do read this book if you are curious like me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aditya

    A must read book to know the other side of the story. Nathuram Godse has been vilified by the Indian textbooks and the media since Independence. Just like the Fascist Nazis , the former Indian government banned (INC) this book all over the country. By killing Gandhi , Nathuram Godse did the right thing and possibly saved millions of Hindus , but at the cost of his own life. His sacrifice will be forever remember by the Hindus around the world. There were rational reasons for Mr. Nathuram Godse's A must read book to know the other side of the story. Nathuram Godse has been vilified by the Indian textbooks and the media since Independence. Just like the Fascist Nazis , the former Indian government banned (INC) this book all over the country. By killing Gandhi , Nathuram Godse did the right thing and possibly saved millions of Hindus , but at the cost of his own life. His sacrifice will be forever remember by the Hindus around the world. There were rational reasons for Mr. Nathuram Godse's actions and you will get to know those after reading this book. Jai Hind

  6. 5 out of 5

    Avinash K

    It's an interesting and important read, because one should know why a person did what s/he did, even though we may not agree with what was done.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chandrayan Gupta

    I downloaded this book as some light reading during the present lockdown, and to get acclimatized to the Kindle app, since it seems I shall be requiring to use it often now. My impression of the account is that Godse was certainly convicted to his cause - you can feel the passion behind his words - but his cause led to murder, which simply has no place in a civilized world. If you would like to get an idea about why Godse did what he did, this account is perfect for you. Just beware that it is s I downloaded this book as some light reading during the present lockdown, and to get acclimatized to the Kindle app, since it seems I shall be requiring to use it often now. My impression of the account is that Godse was certainly convicted to his cause - you can feel the passion behind his words - but his cause led to murder, which simply has no place in a civilized world. If you would like to get an idea about why Godse did what he did, this account is perfect for you. Just beware that it is singularly hateful, and should definitely not be taken as an objective view of the situation back then.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kartik

    Its a 6min essay The transcript contains exact words and blames Mahatma Gandhi for being a pro-muslim and contributing towards separation of India and Pakistan, but provides no reason, no pretext of why things happened the way they did. Overall its too short a read and not worth purchasing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deepak

    Short autobiography of a true freedom fighter Short autobiography of a true freedom fighter. Must read once by everyone who call him/herself Indian. History always ensure truth wins eventually.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Balaji Padmanabhan

    Brilliant read. Nathuram has stood the test of time. Bharath now actually needs a hindu leader to cultivate a true 'vasudeva kutumbham' where every living being is considered sacred.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    Very nice content A lot to know about the real face of M.K Gandhi. After knowing all the things that were happened that time Godse has done great.🙏

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ajit Kumar

    The Savior While reading the book I was getting goosebumps. good to know about the situation and circumstances after Independence which is missing from history textbook.RIP Nathuram Godse.

  13. 4 out of 5

    bongbooksandcoffee

    Why I Killed Gandhi by Nathuram Godse is a short but intructive read. Nathuram Godse infamously assasinated Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January 1948. Why I killed Gandhi captures his last statement made before the court. In it, he conveys the reasons which prompted him to kill Gandhi. Why I Killed Gandhi should be read by every Indian as it is relevant to Indian history and provides insights into the mind of the person who was responsible for one of the most infamous, controversial and high profile as Why I Killed Gandhi by Nathuram Godse is a short but intructive read. Nathuram Godse infamously assasinated Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January 1948. Why I killed Gandhi captures his last statement made before the court. In it, he conveys the reasons which prompted him to kill Gandhi. Why I Killed Gandhi should be read by every Indian as it is relevant to Indian history and provides insights into the mind of the person who was responsible for one of the most infamous, controversial and high profile assasinations in modern history. More so, because it gives an insight into the class or ethnic conflict that was experienced by a section of the society, which might have been in minority at that time, but has since expanded, if not a majority. Juxtaposing it with the various class and ethnic conflicts felt by other sections of the society might offer valuable insights into the social conundrum and means of resolving it. But the most fascinating aspect of Why I Killed Gandhi is the unadulterated view of the workings of the mind of a bigot that it offers. Full review available in blog HTTPS://bongbooksandcoffee.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jothi

    Real father of nation Real hero of India is Nathuram Godse,. His sacrifice never go waste. Jai Hind. What ever he said in this book is nothing but truth. Must read book for Hindus.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sushmita Mallick

    This book is beyond review as none of us were present at that time. We do not know how much of the statements made are correct. Having said that, if it's true, it certainly forms a basis of such action by Godse. Without that action, probably our current scenario would have been different, entirely different! We are thankful that the ban was lifted and it is now available for everyone's reading. A must-read for Indians, as our great nation has so many untold stories that never get printed on stud This book is beyond review as none of us were present at that time. We do not know how much of the statements made are correct. Having said that, if it's true, it certainly forms a basis of such action by Godse. Without that action, probably our current scenario would have been different, entirely different! We are thankful that the ban was lifted and it is now available for everyone's reading. A must-read for Indians, as our great nation has so many untold stories that never get printed on study text-books. The statements of Godse will definitely give you enough food for thought - like, how History was twisted, modified, and suppressed! It is high time to declassify many documents from Indian history and rewrite modern Indian history.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Arivendu Bhardwaj

    I believe, most readers' would rate this book based on their opinion on Ghandhi ji, which may not be proper. However, the book details Godse's speech in court, when he was sentenced to death, which is worth reading, as it gives insight to Godse as an individual & "his" reasons behind the act. I suggest readers to also read relevant chapters (pertaining to Ghandhi ji's position on division of India) of "Freedom at midnight" to have a holistic account of circumstances at the time of Indian indepen I believe, most readers' would rate this book based on their opinion on Ghandhi ji, which may not be proper. However, the book details Godse's speech in court, when he was sentenced to death, which is worth reading, as it gives insight to Godse as an individual & "his" reasons behind the act. I suggest readers to also read relevant chapters (pertaining to Ghandhi ji's position on division of India) of "Freedom at midnight" to have a holistic account of circumstances at the time of Indian independence & partition.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Himalaya Ghimire

    Great! To get a glimpse into the mind of a so called 'traitor' is such a refreshing feeling. It's 2019 and BJP being in power had made Godse quite popular in mainstream India. After reading him I believe, comparing him with Islamic terrorists, shows a very insensitive, ignorant, and prejudiced pov of history. I firmly believe that although Godse was a murderer but he wasn't a radical Hindu as today mainstream media had me believe. I would also like to read Sarvarkar because that's one of the perso Great! To get a glimpse into the mind of a so called 'traitor' is such a refreshing feeling. It's 2019 and BJP being in power had made Godse quite popular in mainstream India. After reading him I believe, comparing him with Islamic terrorists, shows a very insensitive, ignorant, and prejudiced pov of history. I firmly believe that although Godse was a murderer but he wasn't a radical Hindu as today mainstream media had me believe. I would also like to read Sarvarkar because that's one of the person which shaped the Godse mindset. Really good. Must read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    HS

    I would suggest not to buy this book. This is simply the 90 page statement read by Nathuram Vinayak Godse in the court in nearly 5 hours. I would better suggest reading the book by Anup SarDesai named Nathuram Godse: The Hidden Untold Truth which itself contains the whole of the court statement at the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin Chatterjee

    Not a book. More like a speech but very true and telling This is something every Indian should read. Ther is a lot of truth in the last published words of Godse. Ther is no doubt that the partition of India along with the heartbreak and suffering rests at the feet of Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah

  20. 5 out of 5

    rahul jain

    Good read We have been taught that Nathuram Godse was a murderer but in this book,his view point is very clearly expressed and one can feel the anger and pain of partition which every Indian felt in 1947. Some of the present political problems have roots in actions of then leaders.

  21. 5 out of 5

    sreya mukherjee

    History of India - during Gandhi appeasement era I wanted to read about Indian pre and immediate post independence era and came across this book. Though the book is primarily from the point of view of Sir Nathuram Godse and a slightly towards his vengeful opinion towards gandhi but the simplicity in which facts are depicted in this short read makes it worth a read

  22. 5 out of 5

    pratik dindorkar

    This used in anup sardesai's novel on life of shri nathuram godse. People blindly follow gandhi, read the idead behind why godse had to end gandhi instead of bad mouthing. Its like people who blindly follow gandhi, as they cannot hear wrong about their religion, same way they cannot hear good things about godse

  23. 4 out of 5

    Srivallabh B K

    A short read that gives us the last statement made by Nathuram Godse before he was sentenced to death. I was always intrigued by the murder of Gandhi and this read clearly explains the motive of Godse to kill Gandhi. Any more information would be spoilers. I recommend it to anyone who's interested in the freedom of India.

  24. 4 out of 5

    paramita

    The story of Congress and its culture Eloquent speech... Gives insights to why congress culture is so undemocratic, totalitarian and individualistic. It explains why Gandhis have still ruled the country for so many years and with so little credibility.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Manjeet Das

    Beautiful Summary I have read books of a thousand pages which could not summerize the true history of Indian's struggle independence and its compromises in achieving it; as beautifully as this speech did.

  26. 5 out of 5

    nmansur

    Good perspective, today in retrospect and looking at the events Godse perhaps visualized the political and social problem way ahead. I woul recommend everyone, as they say views have to be heard from all parties , individual truth might be different but we need to hear unbiased.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Siddhant Mutha

    Short and crisp account of why he took this step The book is pretty simple and a quick read. It gives a perfect sense of the other side of the Independence movement which people are normally not aware of.

  28. 4 out of 5

    shekar srikanteswaren

    One of the greatest events of Independent India To the point. Gives a picture of the sufferings of Hindus post partion. Shows how the so called great leaders behaved irresponsibly towards Hindus.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tarak Nath Banerjee

    True fact..need to be read This is not a fiction..This is final deposition of a real patriot. We have learned our history in a different light. True and impartial evaluation of our freedom fighters needs to be done.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arijit Saha

    An honest and powerful book. This is the testimony of a common man, who took an extraordinary step fully knowing about its bleak fate. But still, he did it for his country, for his belive, without any political agenda and self-serving conditions. May his soul rest in peace.

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