Today, January 30 is the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. On this day, we are going to tell you about his killer Nathuram Godse. Nathuram who was a tailor in Pune. His last wish is still incomplete, in which he had told to pound his ash in the Indus river.
Nathuram Godse was arrested immediately after he assassinated Gandhiji, based on an F. I. R. filed by Nandlal Mehta at the Tughlak Road Police station at Delhi. He was sentenced to death. While being jailed, during the last days of his life and before execution he wrote his will in a letter. Just before a day of his execution, means on 14-11-1949 he sent this letter to his younger brother Dattarai Vinayak Godse. His brother Gopal Godse mentioned this letter in his book Gandhi, Vadh Aur Mai. In this letter, Nathuram Godse said that,
“He wants to divide his insurance amount between his brother Dattarai Godse, his wife and his another brother’s wife.”
He also gave his funeral or last rites rights to his younger brother Dattarai Godse. He also wanted the immersion of his ashes to be done in Indus river. However, a silver urn holds the ashes of Nathuram Godse, some of his clothes and handwritten notes are preserved in a glass case in a building that houses real estate firms, an advocate’s office and an insurance broker service in Pune.
This room is in Shivaji Nagar tucked away in the office of Ajinkya Developers, a real estate firm owned by Godse’s grandnephew Ajinkya Godse. Ask him about the urn and he points to his father Nana Godse, son of Gopal Godse, Nathuram’s brother. Godse’s grandnephew Ajinkya Godse says,
“The ashes will be immersed in the Sindhu river (Indus) only when his dream of Akhand Bharat (undivided India) is fulfilled.”