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Shubhodeep Chakravarty, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 27, 2009
The 15th Delhi Book Fair starts this Saturday at Pragati Maidan. The event, which has a ‘literature from north east’ theme this year, is likely to have over 230 participants. A collaboration between India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Federation of Indian Publishers, the annual fair attracts millions of book-lovers from all over India.

This year, the fair would have participants from the US, China, Pakistan, UAE and Iran.

Dr Subas Pani of ITPO admitted that though the economic slowdown has affected the fair adversely, there is no let up in preparations.

“We had over 300 participants last year. Even though the numbers are less, we have planned several seminars and book launches which will be beneficial to the public,” he said.

The inaugural panel discussion on August 29 is likely to take up the issue of Jaswant Singh’s book Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. The focus of the fair, however, would be to promote literacy and reading habits among children.

“Even though India publishes over 90,000 books each year, the annual page readership figure in the country is 34, as against 2,000 in advanced countries,” said R C Govil, president, Federation of Indian Publishers.

Stationary Fair, a concurrent ITPO event, will have 70 participants.