The Ministry of Culture has created a portal to review the message of non-violence to the world at large and to Indian youth, besides highlighting critical aspects of the freedom struggle and Mahatma Gandhi’s message and humanism. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dedicated the Gandhi Heritage Portal to the nation on Monday.
Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister for Communications & IT Kapil Sibal, and Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, were present.
The Journals section of the portal offers the electronic versions of Indian Opinion , Navajivan , andYoung India . Various sections cover different aspects of Gandhiji’s life.
The portal has five lakh pages of authentic and verified information and is expected to grow to over 15 lakh pages eventually. It is conceptualised around The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, which have been placed in three languages: English 100 volumes, Hindi 97 and Gujarati 82. These volumes are interlinked to provide easy movement from one text and language to the other. The Ministry of Culture earlier gave the responsibility of the concept design, development and maintenance of the portal to the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad, with a grant of Rs 7.5 crore. The Sabarmati Ashram is the largest repository of Gandhiji’s original writings.
The Gandhi Heritage Sites Panel made two recommendations for preservation, protection and dissemination of the tangible and intangible heritage of Mahatma Gandhi. One was setting up of the Gandhi heritage sites mission and the other was a Gandhi heritage portal to disseminate Gandhiji’s writings in an authentic and unabridged form.