Commemorating Nathuram Godse's 66th death anniversary on November 15 as "balidan divas", members of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha on Sunday launched a website called `Nathuram Godse -The Real Forgotten Hero of Bharat', reported The Times of India.
According to the members of the Mahasabha, the website has been launched to inform the public about Godse's "good deeds", states the report.
"We have launched the website (www.nathuramgodse.in) so that the public can enhance their knowledge about Godse and decide about his character. Scanned copies of his book 'Gandhi Vadh Kyu?' (Why Gandhi was killed) and his brother Gopal's 'Gandhi Vadh aur Main' will be uploaded on the website and will be available for all to read," Madan Acharya, president, Vishwa Hindupeeth, an offshoot of the Mahasabha, told the TOI.
A six-member IT team has been set-up to develop the website and also look after social media interactions relating to Godse. Havans were also conducted to mark the occasion in around 120 offices of the Mahasabha across the country.
The website, work on the completion of which is ongoing, at present has "Nathuram Godse's final statement" on it. Godse was hanged to death in 1949 for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Munna Kumar Sharma, national general secretary of the Hindu Mahasabha, told the newspaper, "Godse had killed Mahatma Gandhi due to his involvement in the partition of the country. Godse was apprehensive that India would be divided further if Gandhi remained alive. To mark Godse's sacrifice, we have commemorated November 15 as 'Balidan Divas'. We also conducted havans across the country."
Family members of Godse, who were also commemorating his death anniversary on Sunday, could not release a book that calls Godse a "martyr saint" after protests against the event, reported The Indian Express.
The police said that the protestors were from organisations that were opposed to the BJP and RSS, states the report.
Ajinkya Godse, a family member of Godse, told IE, "The police requested us not to release the book. We agreed to it. I live in Anandi Vilas. This is a family event in our building. Nobody should object to it." Earlier this year, the Mahasabha had tried to install a bust of Godse in its office compound in Meerut on January 30, the day Gandhi was killed in 1948, but was stopped by the police in their attempt.