Hindu Mahasabha sets up Nathuram Godse ‘temple’, kicks up row

Hindu Mahasabha national vice president Jaiveer Bharadwaj said a 32-inch tall bust of Godse was installed at its office in Daulatganj area of Gwalior city.

By: PTI | Bhopal | Updated: November 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Hindu Mahasabha national vice president Jaiveer Bharadwaj said a 32-inch tall bust of Godse was installed at its office in Daulatganj area of Gwalior city.(ANI photo)

The Hindu Mahasabha installed a bust of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse and consecrated it at its Gwalior office on Wednesday, provoking demand by the Congress for booking the outfit for sedition. The BJP, however, said the Congress should not lay “sole claim” to Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy and, if a law was violated by the Hindu Mahasabha, it would be dealt with accordingly.

Godse was hanged in Ambala jail on November 15, in 1949 which the organisation observed as ‘balidan diwas’ (the day of sacrifice).

Hindu Mahasabha national vice president Jaiveer Bharadwaj said a 32-inch tall bust of Godse was installed at its office in Daulatganj area of Gwalior city.

He said the ritual of ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration) was performed and ‘panchamrit’– a mixture of honey, liquid jaggery, milk, yogurt and ghee–was distributed as ‘prasad’ to the worshippers. An ‘arti’, a Hindu ritual, was also performed.

Bharadwaj told PTI over phone that the Mahasabha had sought permission of the district administration to construct a temple to Godse on November 9 which was denied.

He said now the ‘temple’ has been established at its office. “Nobody should have any objection to this as we have set up the temple in our own space. It is Mahasabha’s own property,” Bharadwaj said, adding Godse had once stayed there for a week.

Godse, he said, was a great nationalist, who was against the division of the country.

“Godse’s ashes are still kept in Pune. According to Godse’s last wish, his ashes will be immersed only when his dream of Akhand Bharat (undivided India) is fulfilled,” he added.

The Congress, however, took offence and demanded that a sedition case be registered against the outfit.

“This is a conspiracy to disgrace the Father of the Nation. On the one hand, Mahatma’s statue is burnt in Morena, while on the other Hindu Mahasabha has established the temple of Bapu’s killer in Gwalior. We demand that a case of sedition be filed against these people,” Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Ajay Singh said.

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was also critical of the development.

“A temple of Bapu’s killer is being established just under the nose of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who pretended to be fasting using the name of Gandhiji. This is a shameful and condemnable act,” Scindia tweeted.

The BJP, however, said Congress should desist from claiming sole ownership of the Mahatma.

“Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy is the legacy of this country and the Congress should not try to claim sole ownership of him. If anybody has violated the law and the Constitution, such activity would come under the purview of law,” state BJP’s spokesperson Rajnish Jain told.

He said the BJP had adopted Gandhian socialism and economic policies as its fundamental principles at the time of its foundation. He said the Modi government set itself several important targets to mark the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary.

The police has taken cognizance of the issue and the superintendent of police of Gwalior has been asked to look into it.

“The issue has come to our knowledge. Gwalior SP is looking into the matter and action would be taken after obtaining legal opinion. Police is on alert to deal with any incident,” IG (Intelligence), Police Headquarters, Makrand Deoskar told PTI.

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      Bhola Patnaik
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        Syed Ezhar
        Nov 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm
        In regard of Mr Nathuram Godse Temple which can encourage to build others museum or Temple also. Such kind of favorism will lead us towards Hostility between Pro Against Ideology within race relationship of our country. Hindu Mahasabha should ruminate the side effects Consequence of determination. We've plenty of issues to address resolve for the sake of nation interest which we' ve to prioritise. Instead of assassination of Mr Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Mr Godse could speak to Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah all in order to take them in confidence to rescind the decision of par ion. RSS was launched before partion post Partion she is molesting projecting us as Terrorist Conspiring to damage Defame Islam. Ethically she should treat us well plan for welfare than we can Speak to Pakistan Bangladesh to merge in our country again. Such kind of belligerent at ude with us enabling 2 Pakistanis to delight . Hindu brothers are innocents they're rudderless need guidance 2 suc
        1. R
          Nov 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm
          He is Murder, RSS is terror group like ISIS. The Bible also expresses a strong condemnation for the shedding of innocent blood. Over and over, the Scriptures lambaste those who use violence against the helpless and inoffensive (Deuteronomy 27:25 Proverbs 6:16–18). Those who use common terrorist tactics such as attacking non-combatants and trying to inspire terror are also rebuked (Jeremiah 7:6 19:4 22:3, 17). Even on a small scale, using ambush tactics in order to kill those one hates is treated as murder (Deuteronomy 19) 1 John 3:11-12 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Ezekiel 33:8-9 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin,
          1. Hyip Tester
            Nov 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm
            What makes you think gandhi was innocent ? he created par ion which killed millions of hindus and muslims and many others check
            1. K
              Nov 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm
              What about Sardar Patel? He was the main person who convinced Gandhiji on Par ion,.
          2. I
            Nov 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm
            NAThuram gandse andhbhakton ka pitama .gandu desh ke liye marta to acha hona tha . apne gandu dharam ke liye father of the nation gandhi ko maar daala aur kya paya ?coc kroach ki maut and andhbhakt followers...hahaha
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