It is commonly known that Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead in 1948 by a Hindu militant, only half a year after India had both gained her independence and lost almost a quarter of her territory to the newly-founded Islamic state of Pakistan. Less well-known is assassin Nathuram Godse's motive. Until now, no publication has dealt with this question except for the naked text of GIt is commonly known that Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead in 1948 by a Hindu militant, only half a year after India had both gained her independence and lost almost a quarter of her territory to the newly-founded Islamic state of Pakistan. Less well-known is assassin Nathuram Godse's motive. Until now, no publication has dealt with this question except for the naked text of Godse's own speech in his defence, pronounced during his trial. It didn't save him from the hangman, but still contains a substantive argumentation against the facile glorification of the Mahatma. Dr. Koenraad Elst compares Godse's case against Gandhi with criticisms voiced in wider circles, and with historical data known at the time or brought to light since. While the Mahatma was extolled by the Hindu masses, political leaders of divergent persuasions who had to deal with him tended to be less enthusiastic, and their views would have become the received wisdom if he hadn't been assassinated. Yet, the author also presents some new arguments in Gandhi's defence from unexpected quarters. Koenraad Elst (Leuven 1959) grew up in a Catholic Flemish family in Belgium. He gave his early interests in Asian traditions a stronger foundation by earning MA degrees at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Sinology, Indology and Philosophy. During a research stay at the Banaras Hindu University, he discovered how misunderstood India's religio-political problems are. Without the benefit of any institutional support, and while raising a family of four, he did original fieldwork for a dissertation on Hindu nationalism and earned his doctorate magna cum laude at the KUL in 1998. His work in political journalism and in fundamental research, laid down in over twenty books and numerous articles, earned him both applause and ostracism. Especially noteworthy are his non-conformistic findings on Islam, multiculturalism and the secular state, the origins of Indo-European, the temple/mosque controversy in Ayodhya, the affinity and hostility between religion and totalitarianism, the alleged dark side of Buddhism, the post-Maoist revival of Confucius, various language policy issues, the institutional future of Belgium, direct democracy and the defence of threatened liberties....
|Title||:||Gandhi And Godse: A Review And A Critique|
|Number of Pages||:||182 Pages|
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Gandhi And Godse: A Review And A Critique Reviews
'Gandhi and Godse' is a critical analysis of Nathuram Godse's speech (of why he assasinated Gandhiji). Koenraad Elst attempts to determine how much of the accusations leveled by Godse are true. In a way this book is also a critique of Gandhi's policies. After Gandhi was assasinated, he was raised to the level of a saint and any criticism of his policies after that was considered blasphemy. It is only in recent times that some authors have tried to analyse Gandhi's policies vis-a-vis the Freedom Movement, Partition, Hindu-Muslim unity etc. This book is one of them, although not a detailed one. As I progressed with the book, I realised that Godse wasn't alone in criticizing Gandhi. And Godse wasn't a total nut-job. Many sane voices of that time shared Godse's views (with the exception that none of them were driven to murder Gandhi). Elst tells us why Godse's anger over Gandhi lending support to the Khilafat Movement was justified. We come to know how Gandhi failed to use his most potent weapon of 'fast unto death' against the Muslim League to prevent Partition or the bloody riots (He used this weapon only to coerce his followers and admirers). Elst strongly agrues that some of Gandhi's gestures amounted to minority appeasement which the Muslim League fully took advantage of. There are many such instances where Gandhi's actions were politically naive, and this lead to Godse's disillusionment. As I mentioned before, this book is not a detailed analysis, rather a concise one. The various sources that Elst uses to make his analysis are a treasure! Anyone interested in more details would do well to peruse those books. Although concise, this is a great book, and one must acknowledge Elst's endeavour in bringing out this analysis.