I grew up sincerely believing that Hitler and Godse were villains, rākşasā: even.
After discovering that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and that Roosevelt put Japanese origin American citizens in concentration camps etc., I began to realise that human heroes need not be purely good or purely evil. And that one is subjected to wagonloads of propaganda.
I found Godse’s defence for killing gāndhīji in Blossoms. Kindle suggested that I read Hitler’s autobiography since I read Walden and Benjamin Franklin. Kindle has understood that I like first person accounts.
I don’t believe that göđsē should have killed gāndhi. But his self-defence makes a compelling reading. I don’t think the inhuman concentration camps in whichever country were good/right. But Hitler’s nationalist ideas and his love and concern for Germany and his honest expression of his understanding of the politics of the day are a gripping read.
Then I read up about the causes of the first world war and Napoleon’s contribution to the humiliation of the German people.
No one is a pure as the driven snow.
I like the movie “Into the Woods”. It says that it is not a question of blame or right or wrong. It’s a question of whose side you are on.
Not satyamēva jayatē. More ya: jayati tasya vāk ēva satyam. or yat jayatē tadēva satyam.