Various books on and by Mahatma Gandhi will be available for sale at discounted prices to mark his 69th death anniversary which falls on January 30.
The books will be available at a stall at Hutatma Chowk in Fort area and at Gandhi Book Centre in Nana Chowk.
Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal is offering 50 per cent discount on the works on Mahatma as well as the 20th century social reformer Vinoba Bhave.
The Mandal hopes to sell 200 books between January 30 and February 4 with the financial assistance by Babulnath Mandir Charities, its Managing Trustee Tulsidas Somaiya said today.
He said top-selling books like ‘An Autobiography’ of Mahatma Gandhi worth Rs 80 will be available at Rs 40 and ‘Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’, which is a set of five books running into 2500 pages, for Rs 300.
“Today, the world is facing unprecedented problems of communism, fascism, violence and terrorism and in such a situation the only hope for humanity seems in the ways of Mahatma Gandhi. UN has also declared October 2, the birth anniversary of Gandhi, as the International Non-violence Day in 2007, which shows the significance of the Gandhian values in today’s time,” he said.
Set up in 1952, when Vinoba’s ‘bhoodan andolan’ was at its peak, the trust has been engaged in programmes to spread the message of the Mahatma by holding seminars, workshops, meetings and youth camps.
“After reading Gandhi’s books, many people have decided to follow the path of truth and non-violence and are striving to sustain morality by practising peaceful conflict resolution which is the need of the hour,” Somaiya said.