Post partition history books, especially the ones in Pakistan, have usually portrayed Mahaatma Ghandi as being opposed to the demands of a Muslim nation and a political rival to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. While for the most part these two facts were true, it was Ghandi's leadership that was instrumental in both getting the British to leave, and in securing a separate Muslim nation. Ironically, especially considering his portrayal in some history books, Ghandi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist by the name of Nauturam Godse, for agreeing to the partition of India and for his friendship with Muslims. The perception of Godse, who was widely detested and labeled a 'terrorist' and 'extremist', has changed over the years. Today Hindu nationalists are fighting with authorities all over India to erect statues of Godse in temples and public places. He is revered by hardliners as a hero and represents an anti-thesis to Ghandi's secular vision of India. With the JNU protest over the execution of Afzal Guru - another proscribed terrorist - brings into light how the reactions to different 'terrorists' is different.

"Whatever our political differences, he was one of the greatest men produced by the Hindu community, and a leader who commanded their universal confidence and respect."
–Muhamad Ali Jinnah's statement on Ghandi's death, 30 January 1948.