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Disappointment for Book Lovers: 44th Edition of the World Book Fair to have only one Distributor from Pakistan

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New Delhi, Jan 4, 2017: Book lovers who are looking forward to meeting authors from Pakistan or reading books written by them might be a little disappointed, as this time only one distributor from across the border will be attending the 44th edition of the World Book Fair.

“We didn’t get any application from Pakistani authors or publishers and we don’t invite any specific author or publisher unless it is the Guest of Honour country. We give platform only to those who apply,” Rita Chowdhary, Director of World Book Fair told IANS.

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This year, about 20 countries along with their delegates will be participating in the fortnight-long World Book Fair, which begins on January 7.

Held at Pragati Maidan, the book fair, which is one of the largest among Afro-Asian countries, is set to host more than 2,500 stalls.

The organisers mentioned that the special emphasis has been put on European countries like France and Germany this year, who will talk about markets, trends and collaborations in a session and will showcase their book market scenario at the event.

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“We are highlighting the Indian diaspora in the European countries as well as focusing on making the translated works of these nations available in the book fair,” Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Director of National Book Trust (NBT) told IANS at the event.

A special photography exhibition has also been organised by the Cultural Department of China and documentary films will be screened to commemorate the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare.

Keeping in mind the issue of demonetisation, the organisers mentioned that almost all the stalls have installed card swiping machines. About six ATM machines and one mobile ATM van have also been stationed at the venue.


Venue: Pragati Maidan.

Tickets: Adults – Rs 30, children below 12 years – Rs 20. Entry free for school children.

Ticket availability: Apart from venue, the book fair tickets will be available at 50 Metro stations.

Timings: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (IANS)

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‘Urban Naxal’: A Book by Vivek Agnihotri

During the book launch, Vivek stressed upon the need of reading books and going to the library.

Vivek Agnihotri launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair
Vivek Agnihotri launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair
  • Vivek Agnihotri is a Bollywood filmmaker
  • Vivek had challenged Jignesh Mevani for an “open debate”
  • He is also the producer of “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”

NEW DELHI: The controversial Bollywood filmmaker and activist Vivek Agnihotri yesterday launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair. He was accompanied by Sandeep Deo, the author of the book and Padma Shri, Ram Bahadur Rai, who was the Chief Guest of the event. The Garuda Prakashan was the publication of this book.

During the book launch, Vivek stressed upon the need of reading books and going to the library. He said, “Going to the library is more important than going to temples. We should buy books and read, rather than downloading the content from the website. By doing this, you will be doing injustice to yourself and your kids.” He also talked about certain communities who wanted to break India and spread communalism.

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Prior to this event, Vivek had thrown an open challenge to Jignesh Mevani for an “open debate” at the Constitution Club on Tuesday. For the same, posters were put all over in Luteyns which is a plush area of the Delhi. Jignesh Mevani is a Dalit activist and newly-elected Gujarat MLA. At the recently held ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally in Delhi on January 9, Mevani had called the Narendra Modi government a “threat” to democracy and the Constitution.

Vivek tweeted his challenge to Mevani, “If you are a man of convictions, you won’t shy away! See you at 3 pm on 9 Jan at the Constitution Club. Pl confirm latest by 6 pm on 8 Jan.” By 8 pm, the tweet had garnered around 6,000 likes, 4,600 retweets and 683 replies.

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Vivek Agnihotri had also been in controversy for his movie, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”. The film was about the nexus between an India-wide Maoist terror movement and their supporters in urban centres, such as academia and media. The agenda of the movie was the ways Naxalites are waging war against India with detailed plans to overthrow the government. This gripping story recounts Agnihotri’s own grooming in college to be an Urban Naxal and details the plans and modus operandi of the movement.

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Interestingly, the director of Buddha in a Traffic Jam has come out with a book that is titled ‘Urban Naxal’ and goes on the same lines as that of his movie.