Overview for Let's Kill Gandhi: Chronicle of his Last Days, the Conspiracy, Murder, Investigation and Trial
On 30 January 1948 Mahatma Gandhi, Father of a newly liberated Indian Nation, was murdered by a Hindu Extremist. Since then, many lies have been mixed with true incidents and passed off as whole truth. 'Gandhi was responsible for the partition'; 'Gandhi sheltered Muslims and abandoned Hindus'; 'Killing Gandhi was the only way to save India'; these were, and even today are, some of the statements propagated by Hindu extremists and followers of Godse to justify Gandhi's murder. This book has been written to put the facts straight. Written by Gandhi's great-grandson Tushar A. Gandhi, 'Let's Kill Gandhi!' deals with facts gleaned from a lot of verbal history, from archival material, from the records of the muder trial and investigations, from books written by the defence lawyers and judges, from newspaper reports and from what Tushar grew up hearing in the family. Nowhere in the history of polical murders has such a nexus of human errors, procedural foul-ups and sheer apathy colluded to allow a bunch of bungling amateurs to so easily succeed. This book is a chronicle of a conspiracy that goes beyond Nathuram Godse, Gandhi's murderer.
Tushar A. Gandhi (Author)
Tushar A. Gandhi is the great-grandson of Mohandas and Kasturba Gandhi, and the the grandson of their second son, Manilal, and wife Sushila. In 1996 he discovered an urn containing the ashes from Gandhi's funeral pyre, forgotten in the strong room of the State Bank of India, Cuttack. He secured permission from the Supreme Court and immersed them in the Triveni Sangam on 30 January 1997. The same year he founded the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, of which he is currently the managing trustee. In 2005, he commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Dandi Kooch, by organising a re-enactment of the 241-mile long walk. He walked the entire stretch and was instrumental in getting the prime minister to declare the route from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi a historic heritage route. Tushar currently lives in Mumbai with his wife Sonal and children Vivan and Kasturi.