Release of the Hindi Edition of Hind Swarajya on October 2, 2011 at Bhopal
Sri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Honourable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, released the Hindi Edition of Hind Swarajya, prepared by Centre for Policy Studies on the basis of the original handwritten Gujarati manuscript of Mahatma Gandhi, in the hall of the Central Library, Barkatullah Bhavan, Bhopal on October 2, 2011. Honourable Minister for School Education, Smt. Archana Chitnis and Sri Sudarshan Iyengar, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapeeth were present on the occasion. Dr. J. K. Bajaj, who has translated and edited this edition, presided over the function. The audience included several high scholars and other important personalities of Bhopal, including Sri Kailash Joshi, former Chief Minister and MP, and Sri Govind Sharma, Director of the Hindi Grantha Academy.
While releasing the book, Sri Chauhan said that Gandhiji's thoughts give expression to the essential core commitments of Indian civilisation and therefore shall always remain relevant to India. Gandhiji's emphasis on Truth, Ahimsa and Aprigraha (austerity), and on Swadeshi and Swabhasha, is important for all societies at all times. We should not only learn about such ideas and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, but also try to follow these ourselves and inculcate these in our children. Sri Chauhan made special reference to Gandhiji's concern for the village and for agriculture, which is the foundation of village life and economy. He said that he himself is an agriculturist; and, he had made it a point to visit his fields before coming to release the Hindi Edition of Hind Swarajya. Concluding his address, Sri Chauhan congratulated and thanked the Centre for Policy Studies for translating and publishing this edition; he also congratulated the Minister for School Eduction for her efforts in organising this function and making Hind Swarajya accessible to the people of Bhopal.
The Hindi Edition of Hind Swarajya has been prepared on the basis of the original Gujarati Manuscript of Hind Swarajya written in Gandhiji's own hand. The Edition attempt to closely follow the original in its syntax and choice of words. This is an attempt to convey the flow and rhythm of the original Gujarati to the Hindi reader. In the Gujarati version, Gandhiji sounds like a respected old wise man, sitting in the village square and explaining the nuances of duty, morality, truth and religion, the proper observance of which constitutes civilisation.