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Navajivan Samprat

2018: works by PMs published

Paul John, 100-yr-old press founded by Gandhiji prints Modi’s book, September 17, 2018: The Times of India


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.

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