A play which celebrated the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, Nathuram Godse, was staged in Banaras Hindu University at the three-day cultural festival Sanskriti 2018 organised by BHU’s Faculty of Arts.
According to a report in News18, while the participants presented the play on stage, students, who were watching it, cheered and clapped. A video in connection with the incident has gone viral.
The report further added that a group of students has complained about the play to the BHU and district administration. Students want strict action taken against those involved in glorifying Godse as a hero.
The students claimed that the play intended to insult Gandhi as it went on to justify his assassination.
As per the News18, the complaint letter said, “He (Gandhi) laid the foundation for the idea of Satyagrah and enjoyed a good bond with the founder of BHU Madan Mohan Malviya. That Gandhi was insulted in BHU while Godse was eulogised. Yeh rashtradroh se kam nahi (this equals to sedition).”
The play was reportedly inspired by Godse’s ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Kyun Maara (Why I killed Gandhi)’.