Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri M Venkaiah
Naidu, has said that Mahatma Gandhiprovided valuable lessons of
Humanity, Compassion and Determination to the “Young Minds”. It gave the
Generation Next an opportunity to understand the essence of his
philosophy “My Life is My Message”. The young generation ought to
understand the spirit and intent of the supreme sacrifices made by our
freedom fighters from across the different regions in the country. To
carry the message of Gandhiji forward, bookson his Ideas and Teachings
must be made available to readers for inspiration. The Minister stated
this while releasing the Heritage book Gandhi in Champaran Published by
Publications Division in collaboration with National Gandhi Museum, New
Delhi. Ms AparnaBasu, Chairperson National Gandhi Museum and senior
officials from the Ministry were also present on the occasion.
Referring to recent Mann Ki Baat address where the Prime
Minister himself spoke on the importance of Champaran movement and
Gandhiji’s struggle, Shri Naidu mentioned that Champaran Satyagraha was
first Non Violent Jan Andolan that Mahatma Gandhi spearheaded in India.
The struggle at Champaran became the inspiration for future struggle for
Complimenting the efforts of Publications Division in
restoring and re-publishing Heritage archival literature, Shri Naidu
said that the Government had always aimed to mainstream the ideals of
Mahatma Gandhi by working towards the welfare of the poorest of the
poor. He also mentioned that Publications Division should strive to
restore and publish other relevant literature& publications related to
GandhijiandRegional Freedom Fighters. The books onGandhiji would provide
a further fillip to the Flagship Schemes of the Government such as
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Jan DhanYojana and Skill India which have been
aimed at bringing about equality and empowerment.
Regarding the books released, the publication “Gandhi in
Champaran” would bring to the contemporary reader an account of that
important phase of Indian struggle for independence. The book aims at
reliving, recounting & retelling the experiences that have had a deep
impact on Gandhi and how it had shaped the course of our nation’s
The Minister also released two other titles namely,
Romain Rolland and Gandhi Correspondence and Mahatma Series (8 volumes)
by DG Tendulkar, published by Publications Division. The book “Romain
Rolland and Gandhi Correspondence” is a collection of letters, diary
extracts and articles of Romain Rolland’s correspondence with and about
Mahatma Gandhi and other writings, including extracts from his diary.
The book “Mahatma Series ( 8 volumes)” is a biography of Mahatma
Gandhi, conceived and written by DG Tendulkar during the lifetime of
Bapu which has been restored from the edition revised by the author
himself and published by Publications Division in the early sixties.
All these restored titles were published in the 1950s and
60s and gave the most authentic account and description of that iconic
Freedom Struggle which has shaped the destiny of our nation.