Ten different editions of “Hind Swaraj”, penned by Mahatma Gandhi, will be launched in Ahmedabad on June 15, even as Vivek Desai, managing trustee of the Navjivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, has expressed surprise that the Gujarat government was not buying books on him.
Gandhi had penned “Hind Swaraj” in his mother tongue Gujarati while travelling from London to South Africa in 1909. This is the only piece of literature penned by Gandhi in Gujarati, which has been published. He had even translated it into English.
In an interaction with media on June 14, Desai said that in the recent past, Madhya Pradesh government had purchased three lakh copies of Gandhi's autobiography for distributing them to schoolchildren. He said the governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu had also purchased the autobiographies.
He, however, expressed surprise that the Gujarat government was not buying the books despite the fact that Gandhi was born in the state.