Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister for
Finance, Corporate Affairs & Information and Broadcasting today launched the
electronic version of “The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi”, a monumental
document of Gandhiji’s words as he spoke and wrote, day after day beginning
from 1884 till 30th January 1948 at Gandhi Peace Foundation. The
Minister also uplinked the e-version on the Gandhi Heritage Portal, a
comprehensive repository of authentic Gandhiana. The portal hosts e-CWMG in a
searchable pdf format to ensure easy and free accessibility of the Collected
Works of Mahatma Gandhi for people across the world. On the occasion, Shri
Jaitley also announced that the Hindi version of the monumental work CWMG (Sampoorna Gandhi Vangmaya) would
be digitized soon. Minister of State (I&B), Col. Rajyavardhan Singh
Rathore, Secretary (I&B), Shri Sunil Arora and Members of the Expert
Committee were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the
occasion, Shri Jaitley said the
intrinsic and heritage value of the e-CWMG Project had the collaboration and partnership of
institutions that have been founded and nurtured by Gandhiji himself. Shri Jaitley said that this digitized
version of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi would be
instrumental in preserving the valuable national heritage and
disseminating it for all humankind.
Jaitley also mentioned that
the Mahatma was a true visionary, whose thought process had touched various
facets of human life. His understanding of a wide range of issues had enabled
the creation of a moral environment which in the long run forced the British to
leave India. His writings had been inspirational in weaving humanity together.
The documentation of his work through an e-version was truly inspirational for
followers on the e-platform. At the same time it was a truly collectors’ item
available to all followers of Gandhiji’s philosophy.
Speaking earlier, Secretary
I&B, Shri Sunil Arora said that in order to preserve the invaluable
heritage of Gandhiji and make it available to future generations for all times
to come, Publications Division had taken up the task of preparing the e-version
of the 100 volumes of GWMW in 2011. Shri Arora further said that in order to
maintain the authenticity of this important work, it was decided to have a
facsimile-based version in electronic form for preservation. It was also
decided to make it into a searchable master copy in PDF format so that people
could benefit of Gandhiji’s life and thought in a simple and easy manner.
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 in the period 1884 to 1948. In
this series, his writings, scattered all over the world, have been collected
and constructed ethically and with stringent academic discipline and loyalty.
The Collected Works of Mahatma
Gandhi took 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 to 1994.The Electronic Master Copy (Volumes 1 to
100) recently prepared is in the form of a searchable PDF beta version, matched
with the original-KS-edition fully verified with the original source-documents.
It retains the original architecture – volume structure, font structure, line
structure, page structure – including its visual look – fully and loyally.
The task of preparing the
Electronic Master Copy of the CWMG-original-KS-edition has been accomplished by
the Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, India on behalf of DPD. Execution of the
task involved an intensely focused, organic, and stringently supervised effort
over a period of four years. A Committee of three experts constituted for the
purpose of supervising this work had the following eminent Gandhian scholars:
a) Prof. Sudarshan
Iyengar, former VC, Gujarat Vidyapith
b) Prof. Tridip
Suhrud, Director, Sabarmati Ashram Preservation & Memorial Trust
c) Ms. Dinaben
Patel – A renowned Gandhian Scholar
The Gandhi Heritage Portal at the
Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad will also host the
electronic Master Copy – searchable PDF beta version. The original manually
prepared indexes – appearing at the end of each volume, and in the two volumes,
of Subjects and of Persons – give varied, numerous and logical profiles of
Gandhiji’s life and thought, action and engagements. Also, the Prefaces, as
written for respective volumes when published, take us on an epic journey
through his life and the nation in the making. Together, these navigators guide
us far and wide and into the depths where computer technology may not lead us.