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New Delhi,JATIN ANAND(TH): The Mahasabha has already procured a sculpted Godse bust, currently on display at its headquarters in central Delhi’s Mandir Marg.Projecting Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a ‘nationalist political leader’ and terming him as ‘an irreplaceable asset to the intellectual discourse of Hinduism’, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha wants to install Godse’s busts at ‘public places’.
Picture shows the pistol from which Nathuram Godse fired the fatal shots to kill Gandhiji on January 30, 1948.
The Mahasabha, which has already procured a sculpted Godse bust, currently on display at its headquarters in central Delhi’s Mandir Marg, will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday seeking the government’s permission to install them.
“When there are roads named after Akbar, Aurangzeb and Mahatma Gandhi, why is the idea of installing sculptures of a national hero like Godse such a big issue?” the Sabha’s national president Chandra Prakash Kaushik told The Hindu.
“The entire country has been used to seeing Mr. Godse in a bad light and viewing him as a villain. The truth is that he was journalist-editor by profession, an educated political ideologue by intellect and a nationalist in heart and spirit,” Mr. Kaushik added.
According to Mr. Kaushik, the Sabha would seek the installation of the busts at areas such as public parks, markets and prominent junctions at ‘five to six metropolitan cities’ failing which these would be installed at the Sabha’s offices in these cities.
On his part, Mr. Kaushik attributed ‘the ignominy blanketing Godse’ to ‘political propaganda exercised against him by the Congress’.
“They were in power for so long that they turned the academic and intellectual discourse in favour of Gandhi. The nation must know that Gandhi was not the only hero and that there were many others who gave their lives up for freedom from British tyranny,” Mr.