Equating the century-old Gita Press to a temple for crores of people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing an event in Gorakhpur Friday, said that the institution was a living faith to which even Mahatma Gandhi was emotionally attached to.
In its centenary year, Gita Press, a landmark publishing house established in Gorakhpur in 1923, was unanimously selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 by a jury headed by Modi. The Gandhi Peace Prize, instituted by the Centre in 1995 — the year of Gandhi’s 125th birth anniversary — is a tribute to the ideals espoused by the Mahatma.
Upon his arrival in Gorakhpur today to attend the closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the publishing house, and flag off Vande Bharat trains, he was welcomed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel. Following his speech, he flagged off the Gorakhpur-Lucknow and Jodhpur-Ahmedabad Vande Bharat Express trains in the evening. He also launched the Gorakhpur railway station redevelopment project worth Rs 498-crore.
Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday targeted the Congress saying the party was not able to accept the decision to confer Gandhi Peace Prize on the Gita Press, Gorakhpur, and so the party’s leaders were expressing disappointment over the issue.
. CM Yogi Adiyanath said award to Gita Press is like honouring 100 crore Hindus.Yogi slammed the Congress party for questioning the honour conferred to the Gita Press. He used the occasion to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre’s decision to confer Gandhi Peace Prize on Gita Press. The CM said the Gita Press has been a centre for publication of religious literature for nearly 100 years.
Yogi said the Gita Press has been doing so without any government help. He urged the people to work for conservation of India’s heritage. The CM also spoke about the work carried out for the uplift of the tribal people and said they had been responsible for conservation of forests.
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