Tibetan cause gets space at Guwahati Book Fair

Tibetan cause gets space at Guwahati Book Fair

Tibetan cause gets space at Guwahati Book Fair
3rd Jan 2020 | Getinlamka |by Nava Thakuria Guwahati Correspondent.
Guwahati: The prestigious 33rd  Guwahati Book  Fair, inaugurated on 30
December at the playground of Assam Engineering Institute in Chandmari
locality of the city, has given space to the Tibetan cause. A stall
showcasing the Tibetan culture and the ongoing freedom movement led by
exile Tibetans against the Communist Chinese regime in Beijing emerges
as a new experience to the visitors.
Opened by Tibetan support group leader RK Khrimey and managed by
Buddha enthusiast Soumyadeep Datta the stall depicts various pictorial
documents to establish that Tibet was the real neighbour to India (not
the China). Moreover the intervention of Beijing administration over
the Tibetan resources has been projected as a threat to the
environment of Brahmaputra valley and millions of residents in
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and also in northern Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, thousands of book lovers continue to throng at the book
fair every day which will continue till 10 January. Organized by the
State-run Publication Board Assam the book fair witnesses the
participation of over 125 stalls. Entry to the book fair is made free
to encourage more participations of bookworm. A number of literary
discussions, book release functions and spectacular cultural evenings
have made the ambience enthralling.
Among various new books, two important translation works related to
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received well deserved responses from the
visitors at Guwahati Granthamela. The Assamese version of Modi’s
popular letters to his mother titled ‘Aailoi Chithi’ along with the
translations of PM’s weekly radio program titled ‘Mon Ki Baat’ as ‘Mor
Priya Deshbasi’ drew the attentions of book lovers. A stall dedicated
to the  Bangladesh literature also added colours to the book fair.
Postponed two times because of  political unrests in 2019 and the
Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, the was formally inaugurated by Assam
chief minister’s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami in presence of
Tathagata Roy, the noted intellectual and former Governor  of Tripura,
Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh, Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi, a renowned
litterateur in northeast India along with other dignitaries to bring
desired reliefs to publishers and delights to bookworms.

“Books are oasis of the desert as they nurture the intellectual and
creative faculties of the human beings. Relentless initiatives should
continue to popularize the reading habit among the children and young
people,” said Goswami, who represented CM Sarbananda Sonowal in the
function. He also conferred the publication board’s lifetime
achievement award for 2019 carrying a citation, corsets, two lakh
rupees check, etc on eminent Assamese scholar Dr Thaneswar Sarma.
Roy, a resident of West Bengal, in his speech termed Assamese as a
sweet language and expressed hope that the bonhomie between Assamese
and Bengali   people   would   continue   in   future  too. Familiar
with the Assamese society, the outspoken author observed   that   the
National Education Policy 2020 should immensely help in highlighting
the regional languages and their literature.
Sahitya Academy awardee Thongshi, who is a resident of Arunachal
Pradesh but very popular among Assamese literary society, described
various challenges surfaced due to the corona virus pandemic. He
however opined that the rapid increase of readers around the world was
a positive news for the  human race. Thongshi expressed happiness that
a collection of literary pieces penned by another Arunachali
litterateur Lumber Dai was also released in fair.
After the months of Covid-19 induced national lockdown, the book fair
emerges as an important public function in the city, said the
publication board secretary Pramod Kalita adding that Asom Prakashan
Parisad continued its activities even facing challenges because the
pandemic. He informed that the publication board reprinted 41
important books and published 31 new ones within this year for the
benefit of committed readers.

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