Several twitter handles run by right-wing IT cells have been trending the hashtag #Godse which supports the heinous act of killing Gandhi.
The father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by right-wing extremist Nathuram Godse on the 30th of January 1948. On 30th January 2020, India’s first terrorist is now being praised and glorified by a new era of Hindutva ideology followers.
Several twitter handles run by right-wing IT cells have been trending the hashtag #Godse which supports the heinous act of killing Gandhi. Tweets justifying Gandhi’s assassination and also spreading disinformation aim to reform the narrative and idolize Nathuram Godse. We collected some of them to identify the polarization and manipulation which is perhaps a new low for the social media debate in India today.
Here are some IT Cell tweets supporting the Hindu Supremacist Fanatic Nathuram Godse and demonizing Mahatma Gandhi
A New Low for Indians Everywhere
Justifying Godse’s act of killing Gandhi has always been a mainstay for several right-wind organizations in India. Nathuram Godse, an advocate of Hindu nationalism, was a member of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). He later also joined the other major Hindu Right Wing organization Hindu Mahasabha. Later on, Godse formed his own organization called Hindu Rashtra Dal in 1940. However, he continued to be a part of the other two organizations, both of which exist as powerful sections of India’s society even today.
Nathuram Godse was a forefront activist for the RSS. After Gandhi’s assassination, Hindu Mahasabha was vilified and the Government of India temporarily banned RSS. The ban was lifted a year later and since then the organization took a backseat in political affairs and restricted itself to social work.
However, spreading of the ideology continued unabated and came to the fore again with the right-wing action on Babri Masjid and BJP leader LK Advani’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in 1991. The more than two-decade-old call for a ‘Ram Temple’ was answered by the Supreme Court of India in a controversial verdict in 2019.
Since the BJP came to power in the centre in 2014, right-wing polarization has seen a rapid surge across information platforms. Resurgence of political and religious radicalism in India has opened the field for divisive narratives being spread through fake news. A war on social media has divided the people of India with nationalism sentiment being leveraged at whim by IT cells and organizations hell-bent on continuous communalization of the national scene.