People of India were disheartened and disillusioned with the way ‘Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’ aka ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ had accepted partition and allowed it to take place in 1947, combined with riots, destruction and unspeakable amount of bloodbath. But, soon after he was shot at by Nathuram Godse at 5:17 PM in the compound of Birla House in New Delhi on 30 January 1948, he was projected as demigod.
Then, there began naked dance of death, destruction and violence on the streets of Maharashtra against Brahmins at midnight of 30 January 1948, because Godse happened to be a Brahmin. After 5-6 hours of Gandhi’s assassination, mob of rioters had every detail of the assassin, Godse was a Brahman of Chitpavan subcast. Mobs of anarchists went berserk to commit indiscriminate massacres and bloodbath to target innocent Brahmins to avenge killing of Mahatma Gandhi, who swore by “Truth and Non Violence” all his life, even then Nathuram Godse hadn’t tried to flee. The law was taking action against him.
Mobs comprising mostly Congress workers handpicked 15 Brahmins in Mumbai to butcher them at the same midnight. In Pune, 50 innocent Brahmins were slaughtered. A family in a remote village called Kapahare was burnt alive because their surname was Godse, although the family had no connection with Nathuram Godse. First, it was Chitpavan Brahmin, who was targeted. Gradually, Brahmin with other surnames were also attacked. Insane mob of rioters and anarchists singled out every Brahmin family with surname of Apte, Joshi, Gokhale, Kulkarni, Ranade, Deshpandey.
On 5 February 1948, a Hindi daily, “Ushakal” from Jabalpur had reported, thousands of Brahmins were attacked in 400 villages of Satara district of Maharashtra. Their 1500 houses were burnt down. A woman and her grandson from a Kulkarni Brahmin family was burnt alive in Udatre village. In Panchgani, a school was burnt, because its operator was a Brahmin. A cloth mill and TV hospital were set on fire in Sangli. In Kolhapur, the entire factory of RSS leader G. H. Joshi was burnt down. The city’s famous photographer, Bhalji Pedharkar’s studio worth ₹2.5 lakhs was completely gutted. According to an estimate, Brahmin’s properties worth ₹50 crores were destroyed. Thousands of Brahmins were rendered homeless.
Mob led by Congress workers had become so insane that they went to attack freedom fighter, Veer Savarkar’s residence. When, they didn’t find him, they dragged out his younger brother Doctor Narayan Savarkar, who lived in Shivaji Park to stone him brutally. He died after some time because of the injury he received that night.
The noted Marathi writer and editor of Tarun Bharat, Gajanan Tryambak Madkholkar’s house was also attacked. A shattered and aggrieved Madkholkar had written “Eka Nirvasitachi’s story, means a refugee’s story, which became very famous.
Forget about Social Media, during the era of 1948, a household hardly had a landline phone. In absence of Social Media, mobile phone, or even landline phone, how did rioters and anarchists communicated to one another to target Brahmins? How can a mob of rioters and anarchists be assembled at one place with full detail of Nathuram Godse with hardly any means to communicate? Which machinery had engineered the genocide against Brahmin in 1948? Wasn’t then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru aware of death, destruction and despair committed against Brahmins in Maharashtra?
Jawahar Lal Nehru had full knowledge of brutal atrocities inflicted upon innocent Brahmins. Nevertheless, he instigated the rioters and anarchists, when he squarely blamed RSS for Gandhi’s killing without any shred of proof. On 14 March 1948, at Vardha district of Maharashtra, Nehru had said, “I am ready to leave the power to fight Sangh by coming to battle field.” Did Nehru mean he would also start torching residences of RSS activists and killing them? Had Nehru made such baseless comment blaming RSS for killing Gandhi today, he would have to face trial the way his great grandson Rahul Gandhi was asked by Apex Court to apologise for blaming RSS.
It doesn’t suit the narrative of leftist historians and writers, who have been continuously demonising Brahmins, to tell how Brahmins were brutally persecuted in 1948 for no fault of theirs. Therefore, Nehru and his successive government made sure to wipe out every trace of Brahmin genocide from record book.
However, Maureen L B Patterson, who wrote a book, Gandhi and Godse, said, “when I was conducting research on Chitpavan Brahmins after two decades of Gandhi’s assassination, the police did not allow her to access the files that pertained to the anti Brahmin riots in 1948.” Maureen L B Patterson found, in her research, that violence against Brahmins, after Gandhi’s assassination did not take place in cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, which were strongholds of Hindu nationalists, but it was small towns like Satara, Belgaum and Kolhapur, which were badly affected.
This has been ideology of Congress to attack and denigrate Hindu nationalists and organisations like RSS. From Nehru to Rahul Gandhi, Congress has been targeting RSS and Hindu nationalists. However, it is Pt. Dwarka Prasad Mishra, writer, a Congress man and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, who confirms and validates that it was Congress workers, who organised anti Brahmin riots and genocide in Maharashtra. Pt. Dwarka Prasad Mishra writes in his book “Living an Era,” After the assassination of Gandhiji, mob of rioters attacked houses and shops of Brahmins and tried to torch them. Even educational institutions run by the Brahmins were not spared. The Joshi High School in Nagpur was set on fire, when the fire brigade arrived there, the mob forced it to return. In the horrific and heartbreaking cases of violence against the Brahmins, most of non Brahmins rioters were Congressmen. Some of them were also officials of Congress committees.
After perpetrating cold blooded genocide of Brahmin in 1948 and brutal massacre of Sikhs in 1984, Congressmen dress themselves as Gandhi on 2 Oct 2020 to tell the world they follow Truth and Non Violence. When India talks about riots and genocide, the country has record of Sikh genocide, Kashmiri Hindu massacres, but cold blooded killings of Brahmins in newly free India has no documents and details as they were deliberately wiped out. Perhaps, Brahmins do not comprise vote bank. If a community doesn’t form vote bank, Congress doesn’t mind to annihilate them.