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Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi's Assassination written by Teesta Setalvad

Jun 22, 2015 11:00 IST

Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi's Assassination: Teesta SetalvadBeyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi's Assassination: Teesta Setalvad

The book Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi's Assassination was in news in the third week of June 2015.

It was compiled and introduced by Indian civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad and published by Tulika Books.

It is a collection of archival documents of the government and translation of works in Marathi, Guajarati and Hindi related to assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on 30 June 1948.

In the book, the author tried to de-construct the ideology responsible for the killing.

As per the author, the assassination was the first act of terror committed in independent India. Further, it was also a statement of Hindu right wing asserting their ideology against idea of composite culture and inclusive nationhood advocated by the Mahatma.

However, as per Teesta Setalvad, the subsequent events including the adoption of the Indian Constitution on 26 November 1949, in which fundamental rights were given primary importance, defeated the ideology of the assassin-Nathuram Godse.

In the book, the author also covered the controversy that erupted in July 2014 over the destruction of classified files by the Union Government related to Gandhi’s assassination.

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