Nathuram Godse Represents an Ideology That Believes India Belongs to Hindus Alone: Prof Apoorvanand (Watch Video)
"In 2019, India is most unsafe for it's Muslims, Christians and Dalits," he said.
As part of an interview series, “Tathya”, public intellectual and professor at the Delhi University, Dr Apoorvanand spoke about Mahatma Gandhi’s final days, his assassination and the ideology of Hindutva.
Speaking to Karwan-e-Mohabbat — a civil society initiative for peace and justice led by of activists, writers and journalists— he starts with talking about Gandhi’s final days that were spent “listening to the abuses of unhappy Hindus and Sikhs in Delhi, trying to convince them to not let their anger and hatred turn into revenge.”
“On 12th January 1948, Gandhi decided to fast till the Hindus and Sikhs assured the Muslims that they are safe and need not run away or feel afraid to stay.”
He explained Gandhi’s stance further, saying “Hindus should not live under the misconception that since they are large in number, they are above the Muslims. He (Gandhi) told Dr Rajendra Prasad that though Hindus worship cow, there is a significant population that eats beef in India. Hence, there cannot be a law to ban beef consumption.”
Dr Apoorvanand also spoke about Nathuram Godse, the man who murdered Gandhi, “It is important for us to understand that Nathuram Godse is not just the name of an individual. Nathuram Godse was a disciple of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Nathuram Godse was a representative of the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).”
“Nathuram Godse is a symbol of the ideology that believes India belongs to Hindus alone,” he says.
Speaking about the current political climate, he adds, “In 2019, India is most unsafe for it’s Muslims, Christians and Dalits. 70 years after the assassination of Gandhi, if this is the India we have made, then we need to ask ourselves, what right do we have to celebrate his birthday?”