The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha does not celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October. As the rest of the country remembers its founding father, this right-wing organization with close links to the RSS and ruling BJP, observed the day as “Dhikkar Divas”(day of rejection/reproach).
Yesterday, to mark the occasion, they quietly installed the first ever bust of Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin in their head-office in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
Pandit Ashok Sharma, national vice president of the outfit, said, “In 2014, when we had tried to install the bust of Godse after a foundation stone laying ceremony, it was opposed due to which the spot was sealed and the matter was taken to court. This time, we exercised extreme caution and unveiled the statue on Gandhi Jayanti – as there can be a no better day. Our step signifies that it is time all Indians stop following Gandhi’s footsteps and start worshipping Godse.”
Where will this trend lead to?