Still, history is made by the winners, is written by the followers and is manipulated by the rulers!
I had used this sentence in one of my articles and got compliments from many friends. For many days, this line was on my mind and I started looking for various examples. I wanted something that was recent, that was truly manipulated, that was truly taught in the text books! And I think I came across the best one!
It was 30th Jan,1948, Independent & Partitioned India! Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation or some may say, father of Pakistan was assassinated. Three bullets right from the front by a Hindu. After hitting the bullets who were the only two persons who had not panicked?
1. The one who was killed, because he was already dead by then.
2. The killer, who was as calm as the dead man.
The killer had come very close to Mahatma before hitting the bullet, thus making him close enough to hear whatever that was uttered by the great man in the end. Specially the last 2 words. There must be cries, screams & panic everywhere. The killer claims that the Mahatma uttered a faint ‘aha’ before he died, but now the text books claimed that he said ‘hey ram’.
In one of the Marathi play ‘Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy’ which was banned in Maharashtra after few days, it was claimed by the lead actor that he uttered only ‘aha’. Wait, why was this play banned in the first place? Maharashtra is an Indian state and India is a bloody democratic country where everyone has a right to express. This ban on the play confirms that the history is manipulated by the rulers. They want to pass on to the next generation what they want to. But this is a very lame reason why the history is manipulated.
In the play, the character Nathuram Godse justifies saying why Mahatma would say ‘Hey Ram’ when he was not biased between ‘Ram’ and ‘Rahim’ or ‘Krishna’ and ‘Karim’. Then why only ‘Ram’ was uttered. Will the father of nation be biased to Hindus while he claimed that he was not? He(Godse) also said that no one is following Gandhi after his death,as everybody is claiming that he said ‘Hey Ram’. The government is lying and teaching the same thing in the text book. Is this what Gandhi wanted? I don’t think so.
The lines of the play goes like this:-
I wanted just three seconds more. I moved two steps forward and faced Gandhi. Now I wanted to take out the revolver and salute him for whatever sacrifice and service he had made for the nation. One of the two girls was dangerously close to Gandhi and I was afraid that she might be injured in the course of firing. As a precautionary measure I went one more step ahead, bowed before him and gently pushed the girl away from the firing line.
The next moment I fired at Gandhi. Gandhi was very weak, there was a feeble sound like ‘aah’ from him and he fell down.
Those who were close to me saw the weapon in my hand. They rushed away from the spot. Gandhi had fallen to the ground, I was standing and the crowd had formed a ring around us.
After the firing I raised my hand holding the revolver and shouted, ‘Police, police’. For 30 seconds nobody came forward and I scanned the crowd. I saw a police officer. I signalled to him to come forward and arrest me. He came and caught my wrist, then a second man came and touched the revolver… I let it go…
I don’t know what is the truth out here. Hope I was standing there with a sound recorder. But yes, after reading many articles, anyone and everyone can smell that something is wrong. But the whole nation is suffering from running nose!
Few people claim that towards the end, many Hindus hated Gandhi because he was favoring Muslims. To raise the image of Mahatma, the government said that his last words were ‘Hey Ram’. They believed that this could restore the image of Mahatma as a strong Hindu! Why they did not restore the image of Gandhi as ‘non-racist’. (read the incident in South Africa where he made some comments against Blacks).
If this is true, then its indeed a tragedy! For a man, who only said truth, ended his life by a lie! That too, it was not his fault, it was made a lie by his followers! Followers should speak the truth, but this lie is engraved on Mahatma in Raj-ghat even today! It was debated many times, specially on his 50th Death Anniversary. It is a very good topic to study. History can not be changed, it can be studied, analysed, and passed to the next generation. But sometimes, History can be changed, it can be manipulated for the ‘greater good’!
Some deaths are mysterious, like that of Subhash Chandra Bose. Some deaths are very clear, but the reason is mysterious, like that of Mahatma Gandhi!!
Finally read the dialog from the play
I never stole in my childhood, so there was no question of apologising to my father. I never took a vow of celibacy as I was already practising celibacy. I was moving around the refugee camps and helping the destitute with food and clothes. But I did not wander half-naked because the refugees were naked. I never spun yarn, never cleaned my toilet, never observed silence till I was hanged. There was only one common factor in Gandhi’s life and mine. We were both the cause of each other’s death. He wanted to live for his principles and I was prepared to die for my principles.
Source:- The play ‘Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy’, The talk show ‘Mahatma v/s Gandhi’, other articles!
PS:- Apologies for the extensive use of the word ‘claim’ but it was unavoidable.