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Godse should’ve targeted Pandit Nehru, feels RSS
The article in \'Kesari\' has blamed Nehru and his \'selfishness\' for major national tragedies of India like partition and Mahatma Gandhi\'s assassination.
- An article written in Kesari by BJP leader
- RSS distances itself from the article
- Cong slams BJP over the controversial piece
New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has stirred a hornet's nest by suggesting in an article in its mouthpiece 'Kesari' that Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse should have killed former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru instead.
The article in 'Kesari' has blamed Nehru and his 'selfishness' for major national tragedies of India like partition and Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.
The editorial in question was written by B Gopalakrishnan, who was the BJP candidate from Kerala's Chalakudy in the Lok Sabha elections. It says that 'historical facts before partition and views of Godse' suggest that 'Godse had chosen the wrong target', reports stated.
The Congress condemned the attack on Nehru by the RSS and called it 'disgusting and reprehensible'.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday said, "It is painful that RSS ideologue such as this, has spoken something disgusting and reprehensible. It is time that people understand the true face of the RSS and the BJP. It is even more unfortunate that backers of such people are in power."
Terming the article, which has appeared in the Malayalam edition of RSS mouthpiece 'Kesari', "barbaric and illegal", Congress general secretary Ajay Maken asked Modi and BJP to immediately make their stand clear in this regard.
"Silence on their part would only point towards their complicity. The argument by the BJP leader that Godse should have killed Nehru instead of Mahatma Gandhi reaffirms that the basic tenets of their ideology are hatred and violence. It is difficult to find this kind of perverse discourse anywhere except the darkest corner of a bankrupt mind that the RSS and BJP thrive upon," said Maken.
Meanwhile, the RSS dissociated itself from a controversial article published in its Malayalam mouthpiece that Nathuram Godse should have targeted Jawaharlal Nehru instead of Mahatma Gandhi as he was responsible for Partition, a view that came under attack from political parties.
"RSS strongly condemns the controversial article published in 'Kesari' Malayalam journal in Kerala on October 17, 2014. The views published therein are exclusively that of the writer and the RSS has nothing to do with it," RSS's national prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said in a statement.