The Men Who Killed Gandhi
By insidemyhead on Dec 21, 2009
Just finished reading the book "The Men Who killed Gandhi" by Manohar Malgonkar and I was totally delighted to read this brilliant book. Basically if you are interested in Indian history and want to feel the real feeling or the general mood of the country during the 1947-1948 period ( which incidentally was one of the major influential periods of Indian history ), this is one of the best books to take you through that crucial period. The book takes a deep dive into the lives of the people involved in the murder of Mahatma Gandi. These people being Nathuram Vinayak Godse, Narayan Apte, Vishnu Karkare, Madanlal Pahwa, Badge and Shankar Kishtayyia. It goes deep into the personal lives of these folks, how they lived, and their personalities, what went on in their heads during the 1948 times, the effect of partition, release of the 55 crores to Pakistan, how they planned the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. It goes deep into the initial plan to kill Mahatma Gandhi on 20 Jan 1948 and how that failed. And even though sufficient clues were there for the police to pickup and their awareness of a plan to kill Gandhiji by the 24th of Jan 1948 and even then the folks succeeded in killing Gandhiji.
The book is extremely honest, unbiased and feels like a thriller novel. The best thing i found about the book is that it gives the facts and tries to present a true picture of pulse of the country at that time, and it does so without taking sides.
This is a MUST read for all who are interested to know the facts behind why Gandhiji got murdered. And even today, why the close relatives and friends of Nathuram Godse and the others involved in this gruesome act, still regard the murderers as 'martyrs' who gave away their lives for a 'noble' cause.
The book contains some very exclusive unpublished photographs. Going to buy this book as I feel it is a treasure.