Book on Mahatma Gandhi released at Delhi Book Fair

December 29th, 2010 - 10:30 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec.29 (ANI): The book titled ‘Ek mahatma Ka Abhyudaya’, the Hindi translation of renowned author and historian late J.N. Uppal’s original English book ‘Gandhi Ordained in South Africa’ was released at the 16th Delhi Book Fair on Wednesday.

The book was released by Dr. Suresh Sharma, a scholar and senior fellow, Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), who was the chief guest on the occasion. This Hindi translation of Uppal’s original English book has been done by Devendra Kumar another well-known face in the literary world.

Manimala, Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Sarla Uppal, wife of Late J.N. Uppal were also present as the Guests of Honour on the occasion.

Earlier, Arvind Manjit Singh, Additional Director General (in-charge), Publications Division welcomed the guests and other dignitaries and book lovers.

She told the gathering that Publications Division is a repository of Gandhian literature with several books to its credit on Gandhiji including the 100 volume Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi in English as well as in Hindi.

She further said the Division is planning to bring out the digital version of these 100 volumes is association with Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad.

The book ‘Ek mahatma Ka Abhyudaya’ highlights the less talked about efforts of Gandhiji to fight racial discrimination faced by the non-whites in South Africa at that time.

An ordinary young Indian of the late 19th century Mohandas, aspiring to lead a more comfortable life in South Africa witnesses apartheid and discrimination.

In his experiment with truth and non-violence as the unique tools, Mahatma Gandhi unites the oppressed and fights the injustice. His unparallel way of moulding the mindsets of not only the oppressed but also the rulers paves the way to his becoming the Mahatma.

Other than these two books, The Division has brought out over 8000 titles so far keeping in mind the common reader. The Division also publishes magazines Balbharati for children, Kurukshetra on rural development, Yojana, the developmental monthly and Employment News for unemployed youth. (ANI)

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