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Gandhi Journal Article-I : Assassination of Gandhi-The Facts Behind

Assassination of Gandhi-The Facts Behind

By Chunibhai Vaidya

The killer of Gandhiji and his apologists sought to justify the assassination on the following arguments:

1. Gandhiji supported the idea of a separate state for Muslims. In a sense he was responsible for the creation of Pakistan.

2.  In spite of the Pakistani aggression in Kashmir, Gandhiji fasted to compel the government of India to release an amount of Rs. 55 crores due to Pakistan.

3.  The belligerence of Muslims was a result of Gandhiji's policy of appeasement.

Scrutinized in the light of the recorded history these prove to be clever distortions to misguide the gullible. Gandhiji in those days was very active in the rough and tumble of politics. The proposal for partition of the country and violent reaction against it generated tensions which ultimately resulted in sectarian killings on a scale unprecedented in human history. For the ethnic Muslims, Gandhiji was a Hindu leader who opposed creation of Pakistan on sectarian grounds. Ethnic Hindus looked upon him as an impediment of their plan to revenge the atrocities on Hindus. Godse was a child of this extremist thinking.

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