100-yr-old press founded by Gandhi prints Modi’s book

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Paul.John@ times­group.com

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.

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