Bhopal : Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath has said that the Sapre Museum is a historical place which has not only covered the history of the newspaper world but also has all the features for being developed as a better tourist centre. Therefore, it should also be developed as a tourist centre. Shri Kamal Nath was addressing the closing ceremony of the seminar organized on the completion of 100 years of Karmaveer magazine, edited by Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi, a well-known national freedom fighter. On this occasion, the Chief Minister dedicated the reference book ‘Karmaveer Ke Sau Saal’. At the onset, the Chief Minister garlanded the portrait of Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi on his death anniversary and paid tributes.
Mahatma Gandhi is an ideology
The Chief Minister said that it is a coincidence that today is the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and national poet Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi both. He said that Mahatma Gandhi is an ideology which shows the way of becoming the whole world a better nation and a peaceful life for its citizens. He said that he compelled the world’s biggest imperial power to leave India through truth and non-violence. The Chief Minister said that national poet Pt. Makhanlalji created new zeal in the freedom struggle through his patriotic poems and his forceful writing. He was the pride and glory of our state.
Ambassador of peace\
Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath said that while on the one hand Mahatma Gandhi gave the message of peace to the whole world, on the other hand Dr. Ambedkar paved the way for the world through an egalitarian constitution. Recalling his Africa visit, the Chief Minister told that when he visited a President of a country, he happened to see pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Baba Saheb in his room. “I thought perhaps the pictures were put up because of my visit, but this was not so”. Not mentioning the country and President’s name due to political reasons, he said that the President told him that the egalitarian outlook adopted by India in the formation of the Constitution is a source of inspiration for our country’s Constitution. “Referring to Gandhiji, the President told that their country had adopted the path of non-violence of Gandhiji to establish peace and free the country from violence”. The Chief Minister said that it is the biggest need today to follow the Gandhian way taking into the account the challenges and unrest in the entire world.
Some people wish to forget Gandhiji
Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath said that a few forces in the country are making attempts to make people forget Gandhiji and his ideology. Such attempts are posing a big threat to our country’s unity and integrity. Everyone has to tackle this together. One has to beware of such people and thwart their slanderous efforts. This is necessary for the secure future of our country.
World Class Achievements of Sapre Museum
Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath described the achievements of the Sapre Museum as world class. He said that Karmaveer magazine played the role of main fighter of freedom struggle. The pledge taken by founder of Sapre Museum, Shri Vijay Dutt Shridhar, to continue publication of Karmaveer edited by Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi, is commendable. The historical documents collected by the Sapre Museum, without connecting to new technology, are certainly a major contribution in the field of Indian journalism. Shri Kamal Nath said that the benefits availed by research students of our state and other states from the museum is a big achievement.
Public Relations Minister Shri P.C. Sharma said that the work done to facilitate the collection of history of newspapers of India through Sapre Museum has made this institute the best in the whole world. He said that the effort to continue the publication of the historical magazine Karmaveer is laudable.
Former Union Minister Shri Suresh Pachauri, while describing Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi as the luminous star of the state said that when Mahatma Gandhi reached Babai in 1937, he said that he was feeling proud to come to his birthplace. He said that the Sapre Museum is a unique museum in the country and we should help to develop this priceless possession of our state further.
Founder of Sapre Museum and Chief Editor of Karmaveer magazine Padmashri Shri Vijay Dutt Shridhar said that Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi was a great editor, litterateur and freedom fighter. He said that honourable Shri Madhavrao Sapre ji had identified his talent. Outlining the achievements of Sapre Museum, Shri Shridhar said that the museum has a collection of 5 crore newspapers and magazines. In addition to 2000 books, there are 1000 magazines which are not available in any museum of the world. He said that 1167 research students have availed benefits from the museum in the last 37 years. Of these, 1153 researchers acquired D.Litt and Ph.D degrees.
Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath released the special issue published on the completion of 100 years of Karmaveer. Shri Abhiraj Singh Rajput, a student of Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, was honoured for bagging the first place in the country in the Junior Research Fellowship examination of University Grants Commission.
Vice-Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism and Communication Shri Deepak Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor of Bundelkhand University and elite citizens from the field of education and journalism were present on the occasion.