Happy Gandhi Jayanthi! Here’s some good news: if you are looking for Gandhiji’s works online, the Indian government has launched a comprehensive online portal dedicated to Gandhiji’s writings and other related works.
The portal developed by the Sabarmati Ashram hosts Gandhiji’s Autobiography in 22 languages and the ‘Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ in three languages (English 100 volumes, Hindi 97 volumes and Gujarati 82 volumes.) The portal presents more than 5 lakh pages, 21 films, 72 audio speeches of Gandhiji and over a 1000 photographs, the Government said.
The portal was launched y Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month. On Gandhi Jayanti (October 2), Sam Pitroda, the Adviser to Indian Prime Minister on Public Information, Infrastructure and Innovation, is also organizing a Twitter press conference (hashtage #Gandhi).
This is an important development in India’s fledgling digital journey. Various manuscrpits and libraries have begun going online of late. However, it is nowhere close to the West when it comes to digitization. In November last year, a large collection of documents and letters preserved by the British Library’s India office was digitized and hosted online.
In February this year, one of the oldest libraries in the country located in Trivandrum, the state capital of south Indian state Kerala, digitized hundreds of rare documents and many rare books and published it online. The Kerala State Central Library, established during the days of Swathi Thirunal Maharaja of Travancore province in 1829, contains many rare books which is being digitized in phases.