Thane: The glorification of Mahatma Gandhi`s assassin Nathuram Godse in the souvenir published as part of the 84th Marathi literary meet that began here today evoked protests from local NCP leaders forcing the organisers to remove the controversial reference and tender an apology.
The NCP workers led by city president and MLA Jitendra Awhad shouted slogans against the reference made to Godse as if he was a great personality and burnt the copies of the souvenir.
The bone of contention was the article in remembrance of 25 personalities during their birth anniversary and where there was mention of Nathuram Godse saying he was a staunch Hindu and a follower of Vinayak Savarkar, giving his date of birth (May 19, 1910) and date on which he was hanged (November 15, 1949).
Besides, it was mentioned that Godse had a great respect for Mahatma Gandhi and had also written a book on him entitled "The Man the Mahatma". But there was no mention that he assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.
NCP which argued that such a reference to someone like Godse was uncalled for and amounted to his glorification went on with its protests for quite some time. Finally the chairman of the organising committee P K Datar tendered an apology and announced that the controversial paras would be removed from the souvenir.
Talking to the reporters, President of the literary meet Uttam Kamble said that he agreed with the views of Jitendra Avahad and felt that the controversial issue (reference to Godse) should not have been included in the souvenir.