Prosperity of life lies in books not in money, says Javadekar

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar releasing the Catalogue of Braille books, published by NBT, at the World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on January 05, 2019.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, last evening.  While speaking on the occasion Javadekar said that Books and culture complement each other.

Despite the growing digitalization, the demand for books has not decreased. The culture of reading in India is increasing day by day. This is the beauty of Indian culture,  Javadekar added. He further said that one’s life becomes prosper because of books and  not because of money because since books are most precious of all.

Welcoming Sharjah – the Guest of Honour this year at the Book Fair – Javadekar said that the ties between the two nations go back a long time. He said that Sharjah is home away from home for millions of Indians.

The Union Minister gifted the book ‘Exam Warriors’ authored by the Prime Minister Narender Modi to  Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, and said that despite his busy schedule, the  prime Minister is a regular reader of books.

Praising the theme of the book fair ‘Books for Readers with Special Needs’ Javadekar also inaugurated the Theme Pavilion. With emphasis on the reading needs of Children, the Theme Pavilion is projected to carry forward the idea of Inclusive Learning, and explore various issues and dimensions of creating, producing and disseminating content for the readers.

An exclusive exhibition of 500 books including Braille books, audio books, silent books, tactile books, integrated print-Braille books, books for differently-abled, children with sight or ear impairment, austistic kids, children/readers with ADHD, behavioural/psychological problems/anxieties is the major highlight of the Theme Pavilion. In addition, for the first time, an International Disability Film Festival is being organized at the New Delhi World Book Fair, where over 45 documentaries from 27 countries will be screened every day.

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