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I am a big fan of Devedutt Patnaik and his books blending management and mythology. I love the way Prof. Joshi has parallelism to historical and mythological events in order to strengthen her argument. While her line of reasoning is strong, I would like to invite the readers to look at this historical event of Gandhi’s assassination through the lens of the assassinator, Nathuram Godse, a right-wing nationalist. I invite the readers to read the book “Why I killed Gandhi” by Nathuram Godse or at least the final address he gave at the court. He claims moral justification to his action but does not defend his actions. In fact, he ends his speech by saying, “I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future”. Godse detested Gandhi’s appeasement of the Muslims and was convinced that his actions are what led to the division of India. Godse, in his last speech praises Gandhi for his thoughts for no sensible man could object to them. Where I differ with Prof. Joshi is the on the thought that Godse was immersed in “I, me and mine”. Irrespective of whether his actions were right or wrong, I believe he thought beyond himself. He was a learned man and probably was well aware of the consequences. Prof. Joshi brings out beautifully, the concept of ‘clouding of thoughts’. Her references from the Gita and Swami Vivekananda’s words support her thesis well. I like the way Prof. Joshi pushes the readers to think about the hypothetical question “If Gandhi did not die of bullets, what would he have done with Nathuram Godse?” I think that the title of the blog has deep metaphorical meaning. Nathuram Godse did not kill a man but a school of thought. Non-violence could be seen as a double-edged sword. It helped us get the freedom from the British rule, but also compromised the lives of many Indians. Maybe the price we paid for freedom, was too high. Probably Godse believed that if this ideology were to continue, India would have to compromise a lot more in the future. With this comment, I do not intend to justify Godse’s actions but would like to instigate an antithetical perspective. Personally, I think that no one has the right to snatch another one’s right to live. Prof. Joshi’s thoughts are more relevant now than ever before. In this age, when countries are advocating protectionism, an open discussion on tolerance is the need of the hour. Godse actions were indeed a display of intolerance and is unacceptable, but should we not draw a line for tolerance too?

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