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World Book Fair to focus on children’s literature

World Book Fair to focus on children’s literature
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The nine-day fair organised by the National Book Trust in association with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is particularly themed ‘Kathasagara: Celebrating Children’s Literature’ this year. Approximately 25 countries are participating this year with Poland being the guest country. A contingent of  around 25 people including authors, illustrators and publishers are participating from Poland in the fair.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said, ‘We must be uncompromising in rejecting intolerance, prejudice and hatred. Book fairs such as NDWBF should remind us that our history and traditions have always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian and not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country and freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution.’

Congratulating the organizers for having chosen children’s literature as the theme for this year’s fair, Mukherjee said that no human society can develop in all dimensions if it does not produce meaningful literature. He appealed to parents and teachers to inculcate in children the habit of reading. He said implanting the habit of reading in children will ensure that it becomes a skill that stands them in good stead throughout their lives.

Commenting on the fair the director of the Polish institute, Anna Tryc-Bromley said ‘We see this Fair not only as a feast of literature but also as a historic opportunity for Polish and Indian publishing industry to meet.’
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