Where should i even begin? While never a fan of MK Gandhi, or his auto biographical book, or his face on my hard earned money, I never thought I would be as repulsed by him as I am after reading this book.
I have read scores of pro & anti-Gandhi articles to know that history is written & propagated, by winners, but, the blatant dishonesty in cooking & feeding of false history to generations of Indians, by the khangressis is disgusting!
This country has seen the worst people as leaders & is still bearing the brunt of their colossal mistakes. My heart ached when i read this book & what's worse is the realisation that virtually nothing has changed since the day Godse gave his statement. The appeasement continues, the feeding of political egos at the cost of the nation & specifically Hindus continues. Nothing has changed! Hindus are still in the emasculated form that British left them in, still forced to remain passive, not allowed to fight for their rights in their own country. All under the garb of secularism.
The injustice of it all rankles.
Every Hindu must read this book. Every Gandhian/non Gandhian must read it.The other side of the story (one that is not fed to us by vested interests) must be heard & the readers, must be the better judge of the truth.
There are amazing snippets in this book & I won't go into the legality or morality of what happened, but this book must be read by anybody who's even remotely interested in the history of this great unbroken civilization called Bharathavarsha.
It's a difficult book to read, the last book I read that was as difficult as this was The Train to Pakistan. The pain is real, raw and transcends the boundaries of time. It seems more recent than it really is.
Saying that Godse, with his actions, wittingly or unwittingly, helped India retain Hyderabad & put a break in the fracturing of this country into even more pieces, might not at all be an exaggerated statement.
Phew! It's a long review of a must read once in a life time kind of a book. If nothing else it might just shatter any kind of illusions you might have had about the so called father of the nation. He should have been called at best the father of Pakistan & nothing else. Our cultural independence is still a dream and probably can be achieved only when we start learning about and pay homages to the real heroes who fought, resisted, or died for the freedom of this country. Btw, apparently, Gandhi did not die with "Hey Ram" on his lips, he died with an "Ah!". This snippet is just to show you a tiny sample of the smorgasbord of lies that's still being fed to us, the people of India.