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30 January 1948, Gandhi and the men who killed him


Mahatma Gandhi on way to his last prayer meeting

On Trial looking relaxed: (Front row, left to right) Nathuram Godse, Narayan Apte and Vishnu Karkare; (back row, extreme left Digambar Badge - the government approver)


The photographs can be found in The Men who Killed Gandhi by Manohar Malgonkar. Found these in a review of the book published by India Today dated Feb11, 2008.
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"perhaps it was not an accident that Godse began his political career as a participant in a civil disobedience movement started by Gandhi and ended his political life with a speech from the witness stand which, in spite of being an attack on Gandhi, none the less revealed a grudging respect for what Gandhi had done for the country"
-  Ashis Nandy

Long ago, I had posted an extract from an essay by Ashis Nandy titled The Politics of the Assassination of Gandhi that appears in his book At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics And Culture. The extract traced the early life of Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse. [the essay mentions four point-blank shots]
Checked the notes of that essay and realized that the facts of Nathuram's early life were borrowed mainly from Manohar Malgonkar's well researched book The Men who Killed Gandhi (Delhi: Macmillan, 1978), Chapter 2.

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