100-yr-old press founded by Gandhi prints Modi’s book
Ahmedabad: Navajivan Press, founded by Mahatma Gandhi nearly 100 years ago, is printing books penned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since March, Navajivan has printed 15,000 copies of ‘ Exam Warriors’, a book in Gujarati where the PM calls upon students to treat exams like a festival and get cracking by focusing on their studies.
Modi is only the third PM after Jawaharlal Nehru and Morarji Desai whose books have been printed by Bapu’s publication division. In order to avoid any conflict with its objectives formulated by Gandhiji in 1919, Navajivan Mudranayalaya set up a separate publication called ‘Navajivan Samprat’ (Contemporary Nava-jivan) last year to print works of contemporary writersin Gujarati.
Navajivan Prakashan trustee Kapil Raval said the PM’s book is printed by Navajivan Samprat. “The book is not at all political in nature, and does not clash with Gandhiji’s thoughts,” he said.
The largest order of 4,500 Modi is only the third PM after Jawaharlal Nehru and Morarji Desai whose books have been printed by Bapu’s publication division. Navajivan Prakashan trustee Kapil Raval said the book is not at all political in nature, and does not clash with Gandhiji’s thoughts copies of Exam Warriors was placed by Hiramani school’s trustee Narhari Amin, a former Congressman who shifted his loyalties to BJP in December 2012. Raval said the primary publication division, Navajivan Mudranalaya, continues to publish subject wise writings of Gandhiji, memoirs of Bapu’s co-workers, diaries and publications depicting various facets of Gandhiji’s personality and his thoughts.
A senior official at Nava- jivan Trust told TOI that Navajivan Samprat — apart from Modi’s books — has printed works by popular Gujarati writers Gunvant Shah, poet Madhav Ramanuj’s collected works, humorist Vinod Bhatt’s works in Hindi and complete works of renowned Gujarati ghazal writer Mariz. “Navajivan Mudranalaya has even printed bus tickets for Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services(AMTS) apart from Gandhiji’s works,” said the Navajivan official.