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If you mean Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" Gandhi. The assassin was Nathuram (originally Ramachandra) Godse, who it emerged had once idolised Ghandhi as a boy; later he opposed Ghandhi's apparent betrayal of Hindu interests and blamed him for the Partition, which created Pakistan but left thousands of Indians dead. It is said that in an effort to subvert a perceived family curse upon boy children, Godse's parents brought him up as a girl until the birth of his younger brother, even going so far as making him get a typically female nasal piercing. This attempts to explain his nickname Nathuram, "Ram (short for Ramachandra) with the nose-ring"; but some have suggested this is merely an attempt by Ghandhi's own supporters to demonise the man in a country with a conservative and prejudicial attitude to transvestites. Ironically, the name Ramachandra is that of a legendary king, an avatar or embodiment of the Hindu god Ram, to whom Ghandhi himself called out (He Ram: "Oh, God!") as his last words upon being shot.

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