New Delhi, September 8: In a move to compile all Mahatma Gandhi works digitally, Information & Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday unveiled the electronic version of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi.
This contains all the words Gandhiji spoke and wrote, day after day, year after year, beginning from 1884 till his assassination on January 30, 1948.
While launching the electronic version of Mahatam Gandhi works, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, “This opportunity of opening electronic integrated works of Gandhiji would avail any person in the world to have cross references on his works”.
Moreover I am privileged to be part of Gandhiji related functions twice this year as, first in the Britain Parliament square I was the representative for unveiling the Mahatma Gandhi Statue and also this electronic version of his works is the second one, said Jaitley in his address.
The work will maximize the reach of Gandhian philosophy at a time when the world is facing number of manmade crises. These books represent the history and ideology of a man who the world remembers as Mahatma Gandhi from more than 130 years ago.
The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG), published by the Publications Division, is a monumental document of Gandhiji's words which he spoke and wrote, day after day, year after year, beginning from 1884 till his assassination on January 30, 1948. It took 38 years for Prof. K. Swaminathan to compile it.
All this is now available in a CD. A CD was launched by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley. Dinaben Patel - A renowned Gandhian Scholar and co contributor of the CD version says this will help maximise the reach of Gandhianism at a time when the world is facing number of manmade crises.
The 3 Gandhian scholars behind the electronic version of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi met with Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajhyevardhan Rathore on Monday.
Publications division of the I&B ministry worked together with Gandhian scholars to ensure that the e-version is completely authentic and factual.
This content will be free to be viewed on internet at Gandhi Heritage Portal. Master copy is also to be preserved in National Archives so that Gandhi's legacy is not lost.
The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG-original-KS-edition, called so after Prof. K. Swaminathan, the chief architect of the original series) had taken about 38 years in the making (1956-1994).
They are a series of one hundred volumes, running into over 55,000 pages, intricately connected across the series, as an integrated whole. The CWMG-original-KS-edition volumes were published in the years 1956-1994.