Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the centenary celebrations of Gita Press in Gorakhpur on Friday, where he hailed it as the only printing press in the world that embodies a living faith. PM Modi emphasised that Gita Press is not merely an organisation but a temple that holds deep significance for millions of people.
During his speech, PM Modi highlighted that Gita Press was honoured with the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize, commemorating its 100th anniversary. He stated, “On the occasion of Gita Press completing its 100 years, our government has conferred Gita Press with the Gandhi Peace Prize.” PM Modi praised the spiritual light that emanated from Gita Press in 1923, stating that it continues to guide humanity as a whole.
The Prime Minister reflected on India’s history, mentioning the exploitation by colonial forces and the destruction of Gurukuls. He emphasised that when printing presses were costly and inaccessible to the masses, Gita Press emerged as a guiding force. PM Modi expressed gratitude for being able to witness the centenary celebrations of this esteemed organisation.
He also highlighted Mahatma Gandhi’s emotional connection with Gita Press, sharing that Gandhi Ji used to contribute writings to Gita Press through Kalyan Patrika. PM Modi further stated that Gita Press exemplifies the notion that pure objectives and values lead to success.
PM Modi urged the nation to take pride in India’s heritage and emphasised the country’s progress in development. He referenced the transformation of Gorakhpur Railway Station, which impressed people after he shared photos on social media. PM Modi asserted that India is scaling new heights and that it is crucial to liberate oneself from a slave mentality.
Established in 1923, Gita Press is renowned as one of the world’s largest publishers, having published 417 million books in 14 languages, including 162.1 million copies of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. The Ministry of Culture confirmed that the jury, headed by PM Narendra Modi, unanimously selected Gita Press, Gorakhpur, for the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize in 2021. This recognition acknowledges the significant and unparalleled contribution of Gita Press to uplifting humanity, aligning with the true essence of Gandhian principles.