City-based Navajivan Trust, an organisation founded by Mahatma Gandhi, has announced to take up the responsibility of publishing a quarterly magazine prepared entirely by inmates of Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad, where Gandhiji was lodged during Independence struggle.
The trust, established in 1919 by Gandhi, has also announced to collaborate with jail authorities to sell various products prepared by inmates through a cafeteria and a khadi shop situated inside the trust’s premises near Ashram road, the organisation’s trustee Vivek Desai said.
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“Navajivan Trust will take up the responsibility of printing and publishing quarterly magazine ‘Saad’, being prepared by the inmates of Sabarmati jail. It will have various articles, stories and poems written by inmates. The trust will also provide necessary guidance on the editorial front,” Desai said at a press conference here today.
According to jail superintendent Sunil Joshi, the first issue of the magazine is on the verge of completion.
“Right from the writers to the editor, this magazine is solely prepared by our inmates. We are glad that Navajivan Trust has announced to publish this magazine for free. Apart from internal circulation, this magazine will also be made available to public,” Joshi said.
The trust has also announced to sell products made in jail through their outlets.
“Inmates prepare various items inside the jail, such as garments, bakery products and furniture. We have planned to sell these items through ‘Karm Cafe’ located in our premises.
Various garments prepared by inmates will be put for sale at our “Swatva Khadi Store” in coming days” said Desai. On Mahatma Gandhi’s 147th birth anniversary today, Navajivan Trust launched a 120-page graphical autobiography of Gandhiji, which will be available in Gujarati and English.
“This book is like a comic strip showcasing Gandhiji’s entire life and journey in the graphical format. Each frame is having some text to describe the picture,” Desai said, adding that another book on Kasturba was also launched today by the trust.