Stating that books play a significant role in shaping the mindset of the younger generation, Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Salman Khurshid on Saturday appealed to India publishers to bring out books that are constructive, secular and progressive in outlook.
Pointing out the significant role played by books in national integration by “building literary bridges across the socio-cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of the country,” Mr. Khurshid expressed happiness over the considerable growth of the Indian publishing sector and its integration with the global book market.
The Minister emphasised the need for some of the eminent Indian authors publishing in English language to consider publishing in the country rather than overseas. “This would eliminate the waiting time for such books to reach book lovers in India. I am optimistic that the issue of volumes or attitudinal factors that may be coming in the way of publishing such books in the country could be appropriately sorted out.”Speaking on the occasion, Secretary (Ministry of Culture) Jawhar Sircar disclosed that the Prime Minister had set up an advisory committee for the National Library for compilation and digitalisation of large number of books. “Ninety thousand books published every year in India are sent to The National Library. As a result of the process of digitalising and modernising the cataloguing process, many books lying unattended will be made available to readers. It was estimated that as part of the modernisation process it would take about two and half years to have all books in The National Library in the digital format.”
The tiny visitors (3-8 years) to our stall at the Delhi Book Fair stand a chance to win a gift hamper by entering the 'Samira's Lunch Box contest'. Submit your entries at the Pratham Books stall before 4th September, 2009. The winners can collect their prizes at the book release of 'Samira's Awful Lunch' at 2pm on 5th September, 2009.
Bangaloreans, fret not! Our books are also available at Rangashankara's book stall (and we are also giving away a free book with some of our book sets).
Delhi Book Fair
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Hall 12A, Stall 36
Aug 29 to Sept 06, 2009
Sankars Book Stall
J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru
Aug 26 to Sept 06, 2009
You are sure to find us wherever there are children and wherever there is fun!!!