Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will launch the much-awaited Gandhi heritage web portal at a function in New Delhi on September 2. The portal which will house the “intellectual heritage of Mohandas K Gandhi” has been developed at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram where its office is also located.
The Union Culture Ministry had sanctioned Rs 8 crore as a corpus fund to the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT),Ahmedabad,to create the portal while the trust would earn about Rs 75 lakh as annual interest to run and maintain the portal.
Tridip Suhrud,a noted Gandhian scholar,is the Editor-in-Chief of the portal and overall director of SAPMT. According to Kartikeya Sarabhai,one of the trustees,the Prime Minister will be launching the portal at a function in New Delhi where a small film about the portal will also be presented.
The portal will be hosting “intellectual” Gandhian heritage in six clusters,including the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG),Gandhiana (Gandhi’s original writings),writings of Gandhi’s close associates,autobiographies of Indian leaders during Gandhi’s time where Gandhi was mentioned and first and second generation biographies of the leader.
The formation of portal is a part of recommendations of the Gandhi Heritage Committee headed by Gandhi’s grandson,Gopal Krishna Gandhi. Eventually, there were some modifications in the original recommendations to make the portal as open-source archive.
SAMPT has hired around 50 persons to run the portal which is said to be the biggest forum with regard to information on Gandhi. The officials also claim that “it will be the most authentic source of information.”
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