New Delhi, Jun 13
Crediting Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with evoking a sense of popular participation, feeling of oneness and unity for the nation, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said the Salt Satyagraha was a classic example of people’s participation in the quest for freedom. Speaking at an event where Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu presented 100 Volumes of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi to her for the Parliament Library, Ms Mahajan said, 'Gandhiji’s simple message to the common people during the national movement evoked a sense of popular participation, feeling of oneness and unity for the nation. The Salt Satyagraha was a classic example of people’s participation in the quest for freedom. His philosophy also influenced the global community with regard to service to the nation.' The Lok Sabha Speaker said that the collections would be kept in Parliament for members so as to enable them to peruse the heritage collection. She appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and complimented the I&B Minister for his efforts in taking forward this initiative and development agenda of the Government.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu said that the writings of Mahatma Gandhi played an instrumental role in weaving the freedom movement together with the morals of truth and non-violence. Citing a quote by Mahatma Gandhi that “Let our lives be open books for all to study,” he said that collected works of Mahatma Gandhi gave an invaluable opportunity to study from the life teachings of Father of our Nation.
'It is our responsibility to preserve his thoughts/ writings and disseminate it to our future generations,' he said. Mr Naidu said that the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG) was a monumental document of Gandhiji’s thoughts which he spoke and wrote since 1884, when Mahatma was a 15-year-old boy, till his assassination on January 30, 1948. The Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi's writings, scattered all over the world, were collected and constructed with stringent academic discipline and with an earnest sense of loyalty. 'These titles enumerate the ideals and principles by which Mahatma led his life and provided a great inspiration to all of us. Each volume in this series is a heritage book in itself, meticulously reproducing speeches as well as notes, letters, etc, written by Gandhiji on various topics which touch various facets of human lives - personally, socially and politically,' Mr Naidu said. The CWMG-original-KS-edition, named after Prof K Swaminathan, the chief architect of the original series, had taken about 38 years for completion, from the year 1956 to 1994. The original edition is a series of one hundred volumes, running into over 55,000 pages, intricately connected across the series, as an integrated whole. The task of preparation of the Digital Master Copy based on the original KS Edition of CWMG was undertaken through a specially set up CWMG Cell, and an expert committee comprising noted Gandhian scholars under an MoU between Publications Division and Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, established and nurtured by the Mahatma himself. The Digital Master Copy is also hosted on the Gandhi Heritage Portal, maintained by Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad.