is the freedom of ideas and expression. One might argue that
Godse was free to have his own approach and gag Gandhi's
utterances, even to eliminate him heinously! But how about the
logic of those who misinterpret the ban on a play, based on
utter distortion of truth, as a violation of the fundamental
freedom of expression, particularly when the sole motive of
writing the play was to justify the assassination of one of the
greatest men of our age, and cause grave and widespread
- The chronology of attempts to kill Gandhi.
- So far as the question of crime and punishment is concerned, the state alone
has the authority to punish, none else.
- The excuses put forward for assassination are fabricated—patent lies. Even
long before there was anywhere a brainwave of partition, there
were attempts on Gandhi's life. Why?
- The efforts to bring the Muslims into the mainstream of the nation were there
prior even to Gandhi's return home: separate electorates; the
part played by the other leaders in securing greater measure of
representation for Muslims exceeding their legitimate share etc.
Gandhi never took any partisan stand.
- The concept of Pakistan; the open though unconscious support of the Hinduists.
- The ambivalent process of accepting as well as alienating the Muslims.
- A sense of futility and helplessness of the so-called Hindu protagonists in
the face of Gandhi's faith in God, religion, humanity, and unity.
- Gandhi's pursuit of integral oneness vs. the reactionary process of the
- A Gobellian move to defame Gandhi and the Indian National Congress: "Repeat
a lie a hundred times and people will start taking it as truth."
- The nationalist Mahomedans and the Indian National Congress.
- Mountbatten's ultimatum—a puzzle for the Congress.
- The sense of betrayal—helpless reconciliation with the inevitable.
- An incomprehensible demand of the Hinduists: Why did Gandhi not
join hands with the others who were opposed to partition?
- The problem of fifty-five crores of rupees—the rejection of tit for tat
policy—the universal moral principle.
- The reason why Gandhi pervaded all over.
- Why was the conspiracy to kill Gandhi hatched? Who was responsible?
- Gandhi's harsh words not merely to the misguided Hindus but also to the Muslims.