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Tharoor inaugurates New Delhi world book fair 2013

Posted on Feb 05, 03:01PM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 4 : Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor today inaugurated the much awaited New Delhi World Book Fair 2013.

National Book Trust (NBT), an apex body of the Ministry of

Human Resource Development engaged in book promotional
activities in the country, is organising the week-long Book Fair in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Pragati Maidan.

Inaugurating the fair, Dr Tharoor said, ''Growth of competitive intolerance in books, films and art is not a healthy trend.''

Exhorting the people who have reservation on these issue as
happened in the case of Ashish Nandy's remarks and Kamal Haasan's
film Viswaroopam, he said, ''They should argue, debate all these
issues rather than seeking ban on their display.''

Seeking promotion of digital revolution in publication sector,
he said it was a good idea and there was a great scope for writer to reach readers through this new media.

Seeking promotion of reading habits among the people, the Minister said book fairs were a cultural event.

He also lauded France for being 'the Guest of Honor country' in the World Book Fair.

About 2000 French titles will be on display. Acclaimed French author Tahar Ben Jelloun, Kènizè Mourad and Dominique Siguad will be a part of their presentation during the
mega event.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Indian Council of Cultural
Relation (ICCR) Dr Karan Singh asked for promotion of value based education in the country as it will help younger people to
imbibe positive values.

Lauding diversity of Indian publishing sector, the eminent author said in India, ''books are written in more than 25 languages which are more than number of languages written in entire Europe''.

He said ''our publication sector reflects the diversity of our