Nathuram Godse was an Indian political activist who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian independence movement, on January 30, 1948.
Godse was a member of the Hindu nationalist organization called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and held strong ideological differences with Gandhi.
Godse believed that Gandhi’s approach to nonviolence and his advocacy for Hindu-Muslim unity were detrimental to India’s interests.
He opposed Gandhi’s efforts to reconcile with Pakistan and his stance on the partition of India. Godse felt that Gandhi’s policies favoured Muslims over Hindus and that his actions weakened the Hindu community.
On January 30, 1948, Godse approached Gandhi during a prayer meeting in Delhi and fired three shots at close range, fatally injuring him. Godse and his co-conspirator, Narayan Apte, were apprehended and subsequently put on trial.
Godse was convicted of Gandhi’s assassination and was executed by hanging on November 15, 1949.
It is important to note that Godse’s actions and ideology are widely condemned as an act of violence and as a departure from the principles of nonviolence and tolerance advocated by Mahatma Gandhi.
The assassination of Gandhi was a significant event in Indian history and continues to be a subject of debate and discussion.