Nathuram Godse

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Nathuram Vinayak Godse (Marathi: नथूराम विनायक गोडसे) (19 May 1910 – 15 November 1949), the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian from the city of Poona (now Pune), India. Along with his brother Gopal Godse and six other co-conspirators, he executed a plot to murder Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.


Early life

Nathuram Godse was born in Baramati, Poona District into a Brahmin family. His father, Vinayak Vamanrao Godse, was a post office employee and his mother was Lakshmii (née Godavari). At birth, he was named Ramachandra.

A commonly held theory suggests that Nathuram was given his name because of an unfortunate incident. Before he was born, his parents had three sons and a daughter, with all three boys dying in their infancy. Fearing a curse that targeted male children, young Ramachandra was brought up as a girl for the first few years of his life, including having his nose pierced and being made to wear a nose-ring ("Nath" in Marathi). It was then that he earned the nickname "Nathuram" (literally "Ram with a nose-ring"). After his younger brother was born, they switched to treating him as a boy.[1][2]

Nathuram Godse attended the local school at Baramati through the fifth standard, after which he was sent to live with an aunt in Poona (now Pune) so that he could study at an English-language school. During his school days, Gandhi was an idol to him.[3]

In 1930, Nathuram's father was transferred to the town of Ratnagiri. While staying with his parents at Ratnagiri, the young Nathuram first met Veer Savarkar, a proponent of Hindutva.[citation needed]

Political career

Godse dropped out of high school and became an activist with the Hindu Mahasabha. He was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist. [4] They were particularly opposed to the separatist politics of the All India Muslim League. Godse started a Marathi newspaper for Hindu Mahasabha called Agrani, which some years later was renamed Hindu Rashtra.

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