What Going Through Nathuram Godse’s Fan Pages Taught Me About Hindu Extremism

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What Going Through Nathuram Godse’s Fan Pages Taught Me About Hindu Extremism

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ne of the most significant events of this decade was the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US forces in 2011. Each year, the anniversary of the mission is marked by news coverage and chatter on social media. But bizarrely, bin Laden’s execution has also become linked with the Hindu nationalist narrative of present times, because of another annual trend linked with this occasion – one where Hindu fundamentalists spam Twitter with a lazily copy-pasted comparison that has been doing the rounds since Seal Team 6 stormed into that Abbottabad mansion in Pakistan.

It says, “Ram ne Ravan ko mara (R-R), Krishna ne Kans ko (K-K), Godse ne Gandhi ko (G-G), aur Obama ne Osama ko (O-O).” Let’s ignore that this statement accepts both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as real events in history, and focus on the absurdity of putting Nathuram Godse on the same pedestal as literal gods. What the actual fuck?

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