Rectifying the past

Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present, controls the past: George Orwell, in Nineteen Eighty four

The will cannot will backwards… That time does not run backward, that is his wrath; ‘that which was’ is the name of the stone he cannot move. And so he moves stones out of wrath and displeasure, and he wreaks revenge on whatever does not feel wrath and displeasure as he does. Thus the will, the liberator, took to hurting; and on all who can suffer he wreaks revenge for his inability to go backwards. This, indeed this alone, is what revenge is: the will’s ill will against time and its ‘it was.’“Verily, a great folly dwells in our will; and it has become a curse for everything human that this folly has acquired spirit: Friedrich Nietzsche, in Thus Spake Zarathustra (1978); p 139-140

if a person ain’t careful; they can make a profession out of revenge – Godless, TV Serial (2017)

Facsimile of Indian Express front page, February 5, 1948:

Gandhi’s Assassin. By Dhirendra K Jha

Facsimile of Indian Express front page, April 5, 2023

The Lady Vanishes

Public statement of historians on changes in school History textbooks of the NCERT

How Savarkar Escaped Conviction for Gandhi’s Assassination

Anil Nauriya. Against the Dying of The Light: Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988)

The Compass

Mahatma Gandhi on littleness and difference (1919)


Another time, another mosque

1948: Supreme Court, RSS and Gandhi

The Abolition of truth

The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi: Inquiry Commission Report (1969)