May it Please Your Honour: Statement of Nathuram Godse

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On the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869-1948; deposition of the assassian at the Court of the Special Judge, Red Fort, Delhi.

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This is an excellent book that I highly recommend to anyone interested in first hand historical accounts. The crux of the book is the court transcript of the speech delivered by Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, during his trial.
The book's first portion provides some essential historical background regarding not only the zeitgeist, but the various minority viewpoints present during the Indian Independence movement. It adds depth to the arguments made in the speech, as well as introducing the main characters associated with the assassination plot.
Essentially, Godse did not want the country and the world to think that Gandhi was killed by a "madman". Instead, he considered it a conscience and necessary act to preserve the originalists view of India. Its a relatively quick read but the book will linger in your mind for quite some time afterwards.
 

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