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