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“Godse”, widely used to refer to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, will no longer be considered unparliamentary when used in the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has ruled.   According to a report in The Indian Express, Mahajan is set to have said that “Godse” as a surname per se cannot be said to be “unparliamentary”.   The only exception would be when talking about the individual Nathuram Godse, the Hindu nationalist who shot Gandhi at point-blank range in 1948. Sources told the Indian Express that the assassin’s name will be included in the next list of unparliamentary words.   The Rajya Sabha Deputy Speaker P J Kurien had reportedly expunged the word from proceedings in the last winter session after CPM leader P. Rajeev had raised the issue of a plan to install busts of Godse in different locations by the Hindu Mahasabha.   Reportedly, this ruling prompted Shiv Sena MP from Nashik, Hemant Godse, to approach the offices of the LS Speaker and the RS Deputy Chairman’s office asking for his last name to be removed from the list.   The word “Godse” was first omitted from proceedings in 1956 when Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Sardar Hukam Singh ordered for its removal while the house was debating the States Reorganisation bill.   Read more at: ‘Godse’ no longer an unparliamentary word: Speaker
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