A Belgian admirer of India’s saffron brotherhood, Koenraad Elst, said in his book, “Mahatma Gandhi and His Assassin”, that the murder caused a huge setback to the Hindu nationalists.
Sundar Singh Bhandari, a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who was the governor of Gujarat at the time of the 2002 riots, said that the “propaganda related to Gandhi’s assassination went on for 50 years. In the same way, people will continue to talk of Godhra”, which is a “black stain on the BJP”.
That the “propaganda” is continuing can be seen from Rahul Gandhi’s reference all over again to the role of the RSS in the Mahatma’s killing, undeterred by the Supreme Court’s call for an apology.
Notwithstanding the flip-flop evident in his initial observation that he blamed only those associated with the RSS for the death and not the organisation itself, and his subsequent statement that he stood by his earlier direct condemnation of the RSS, there is little doubt that the battle ..
lines have been drawn between the not-so-young prince and the Nagpur patriarchs.
Gandhi has even taken his confrontation with the RSS a step further by withdrawing his petition to the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the defamation proceedings against him filed by the RSS and asserted that he is ready to face trial.