DIBRUGARH, Nov 21 - �Publishing series of new books in the name of literature without quality check can be an impediment to the very purpose of promoting literature through book fairs,� observed eminent litterateur and former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Imran Shah, during the inaugural function of the 9th Dibrugarh Book Fair Chowkidinghee ground here on Friday.
He added, �Distaste for books will certainly sprout in the young readers� mind if poor quality literature falls in his or her hand. Releasing books during book fairs is an excellent idea, but what is written inside and how it is written is much more important.�
The 10-day book fair is being organised by Milan Jyoti Sangha in association with All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association.
The noted writer said that literature must be worth reading. �If the contents in the books do not appeal to the readers, it is no use publishing. Publishers must ensure high quality of content and maintain standards before going for any release of books,� he said.
Shah also said that while keeping the business interest of the book fairs, steps must also be taken to improve the number of buyers and readers.
He also suggested putting up stalls in the book fairs to exhibit some of the best books of acclaimed local writers and identifying best readers in the area to honour them.
The Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Professor Alak Kumar Buragohain, said that book fairs are not merely about selling books, but a movement to promote literature. �Books have brought revolution and change in the lives of mankind and therefore must be made accessible to the people,� he said.
Dr Sunil Rai, the Vice-Chancellor of Kaziranga University, said that digitisation had failed to replicate books as they had their own unique importance.
PVSLN Murty, Chief General Manager of State Bank of India, North East Circle, and Dr Nagen Saikia also attended the inaugural function. The function was presided over by Dr Birendra Nath Borthakur, chairman of 9th Dibrugarh Book Fair and president of Milan Jyoti Sangha.
The opening ceremony of the book fair begun with the cutting of the ribbon at the entrance by litterateur Shah followed by hoisting of the book fair and Milan Jyoti Sangha flags by Shah and Dr Borthakur, respectively.
There are over 50 book stalls put up in the fair. Book publishers and sellers from Kolkata and Delhi have also turned up for the 10-day event, in addition to those from Assam. The event is part of the golden jubilee celebration year of Milan Jyoti Sangha, which was formed in 1965.