Mooved – ‘Hey Ram’ se ‘Aha’ takk!

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.


15 Responses to “Mooved – ‘Hey Ram’ se ‘Aha’ takk!”

  1. 1 Shweta Iyer
    April 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Very informative & graphical too.
    Good work

    • April 14, 2010 at 10:53 am


  2. 3 gaurav rawal
    April 12, 2010 at 12:08 am

    hey i liked the opening phrase and the last one…

    i must say u do a lot of research for ur post…good..

    • April 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

      thanks dude!

  3. 5 Vishal Ranjan
    April 13, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Thanks a lot for this informative blog.

    I will never disagree that history has always been manipulated. But still we don’t have any clue of what were the actual scenes that had taken place. Whether it be “Hitler & Germany”, Russia, China or any other country for whatsoever matters.Their is a saying” the oppressor becomes oppressed & the oppressed becomes the oppressor”. If you look at their history and current situations you will find it to be true. So whatever be the truth we will never be able to find it. Truth is the paradox we live in called India-A Socialist democratic country.

    But still the vividness of your blogs is breathtaking.

    Keep up the good work.

    • April 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

      socialist democratic.. yeah.. I have few things in mind on why communism should be back! I will write about it. Especially after the Maoist of India, Red Shirts of Thailand, Kyrgyzstan disturbance,MNS in Maharashtra! That article will surely interest you! Lets see!

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. April 13, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Hey dude….
    Did you read the book “The Men who Killed Gandhi” by Manohar Malgaonkar ??
    I guess you should read that book. The book has been written like a murder plot with many factual evidences and snippets of newspapers and photos. I guess this book would give you lot many insights and stronger views about the situation at that time and the whole conspiracy behind this plot..

    Do read it dude…its a lovely book and something that will keep you awake. FYI, this book was banned by Indira Gandhi when it was first published during the Emergency. Here’s a small outline of what this book is about…

    The Men Who Killed Gandhi, a gripping recreation of India’s partition, independence and Gandhi’s assassination on January 31, 1948, was first published during the Emergency years. “This made it incumbent upon me to omit certain vital facts,” Malgonkar writes in the introduction , “such as, for instance, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar’s secret assurance to Mr L B Bhopatkar, that his client, Mr V D Savarkar, had been implicated as a murder suspect on the flimsiest ground.” The excised portions, along with rare photographs and documents from the National Archives are included in this 11th edition.

    This book is a reprint of the 1978 original, timed for the 60th anniversary of the event, with some additions in the form of rare photographs and documents unearthed by the publishers and not the author Manohar Malgonkar, now 95 and a virtual recluse. His account of the conspiracy, 30 years after the event, was a landmark effort that cemented his reputation as a historian. Of the six conspirators, Nathuram Godse, who fired the shot heard around the world, and Narayan Apte, who was by his side, were hanged. The other four were: Digambar Badge, who turned approver; Vishnu Karkare; Gopal Godse, Nathuram’s younger brother; and Madanlal Pahwa. Malgonkar met them after they had served their life sentences and they spoke to him at great length. All four provided information they had not revealed before and Malgonkar produced perhaps the most complete account of the plot to assassinate Gandhi.

    • 8 Vishal Ranjan
      April 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

      Thanks ronnie, i willl read he “Men who Killed Gandhi” by Manohar Malgaonkar. BUt since you are insistant i will go through it and we still can have a great debat over this matter.

      • April 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

        Count me in!

    • April 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

      I will surely read it man! And will discuss about it after that. Thanks for the guidance and suggestion, I wont disappoint you by not reading the book!

      Keeping reading(the blog)

  5. 11 Ankit
    April 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    The most striking thing on reading this article is whether people believe or not in his principles, they still find time to research and write about the ‘Mahatma’.

    As Ronnie mentioned above, ‘The Men Who Killed Gandhi’ was written like a murder plot with factual evidences and photos -> this itself creates a good read for the masses. Yes it does-only a good read! Who knows what exactly happened then?

    But, dude… that was an effort man. A mature level of writing I must say.Keep it up…! 🙂

    • April 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

      The problem is, the people who know what had happened are still struggling to get their freedom fighter privileges and pension, and the people who are concerned with ‘Table, Chair and AC’ are ruling the government.

      And as I said, the history is written by this govt. who claims to be the followers of Mahatma Gandhi and lies to the whole nation about the truth! I am not confident about the truth as I have not seen it, but the possibility is very strong!

      Thanks for reading!

    August 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    You had given lot of time and effort over the matter.
    In his self defence nathuram had told the court this sentence. “HONEST WRITERS OF HISTORY WILL WEIGH MY ACT AND FIND THE TRUE VALUE THEREOF ON SOME DAY IN FUTURE”. Though nonviolence policy may be good in individual life it is not correct as for as a government is considered,it has to protect its citizens by using force. Gandhi favoured a section of a society without giving any respect to the feelings of majority community.His fast pressurising Indian govt for releasing 55 crores to then Pakistan government at a time when the pakistan government was waging a war on India over Kashmir issue & did nothing to stop the massacre of lakhs of hindus and sikhs. their womens were raped, killed,and sold like cattles in front of them.Gandhi never critisized or put pressure on Pakistan government or Jinnahto stop this.
    As on today creation of pakistan on that day has become a migrane for India and entire world,
    to safe guard the interest of jinnah and Nehru pakistan was created againist the wish of majority.
    Just listen to the words of Justice G D KHOSLA. “had the audience of that day in the High court been constituted into a jury and entrusted with the task of deciding Godse’s appeal, they would have brought in a verdict of not guilty”
    If the then Govt truly believe in Gandhis policy of Non violence then Why did they Killed Godse? it is just an act of EYE FOR EYE.

    • October 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Exactly! I agree with every line of yours! As said, History is written by the winners or those in power. Same is this case! We can not change it, but as Godse has said, people will discover the true value of it someday.

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