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

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Ahmed­abad: Nava­ji­van Press, founded by Ma­hatma Gandhi nearly 100 years ago, is print­ing books penned by Prime Min­is­ter 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 orig­i­nal objectives for­mu­lated by Gand­hiji in 1919, Nava­ji­van Mu­dranay­alaya set up a sep­a­rate pub­li­ca­tion wing called ‘Nava­ji­van Sam­prat’ (Con­tem­po­rary Nava­ji­van) last year to print works of con­tem­po­rary writ­ers in Gu­jarati.

Press 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 copies of the book was placed by Hi­ra­mani school’s trustee Narhari Amin, a for­mer Con­gress­man who shifted his loy­al­ties to BJP in De­cem­ber 2012.

Raval said Nava­ji­van Mu­dranalaya con­tin­ues to pub­lish sub­ject writ­ings of Gand­hiji, mem­oirs of Bapu’s co-work­ers, di­aries and pub­li­ca­tions de­pict­ing facets of Gand­hiji’s per­son­al­ity and his thoughts.

An of­fi­cial at Nava­ji­van Trust told TOI that Nava­ji­van Sam­prat — apart from Modi’s books — has printed works by pop­u­lar Gu­jarati writ­ers Gun­vant Shah, poet Mad­hav Ra­manuj’s works and works of Gu­jarati ghazal writer Mariz. “Nava­ji­van Mu­dranalaya has even printed bus tick­ets for Ahmed­abad Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port Ser­vicess,” the of­fi­cial said. Lucknow: The probe by UP Po­lice’s eco­nomic of­fences wing (EOW) into the schol­ar­ship scam in Etawah has re­vealed that out of 118 schools un­der the scan­ner, 87 were nonex­is­tent on ground and were there only on pa­per while 31 had less stu­dents but had shown a higher strength to get big­ger amount in schol­ar­ship fund from gov­ern­ment.

The non-ex­is­tent schools had used names like ‘Sant Gadge’, ‘Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial School’ to ap­pear au­then­tic and avoid sus­pi­cion.

The gov­ern­ment had given ap­proval for reg­is­ter­ing FIRs against 95 schools, but no dis­crep­an­cies were found in the func­tion­ing of eight schools by EOW in probe. EOW di­rec­tor gen­eral Ra­jen­dra Pal Singh said, “Mas­sive funds had been em­bez­zled as 70% of the schools in Etawah were non-ex­is­tent, while over 20 such schools were de­tected in Meerut district. More schools are un­der scan­ner.”

The probe in Etawah is be­ing con­ducted by the Kan­pur unit of EOW while the Meerut of­fice is prob­ing the scam in Meerut. A se­nior EOW of­fi­cial in Kan­pur said that over Rs 1crore had been em­bez­zled in a year. “The si­phon­ing of schol­ar­ship funds be­gan in 2008 and con­tin­ued till 2009. Mostly ju­nior and pri­mary schools were in­volved in the fraud,” he added.


Nava­ji­vanPress’ trustee Kapil Raval says ‘Exam War­riors’ is not po­lit­i­cal in na­ture and does not clash with Gand­hiji’s thoughts

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