GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - Education Minister Sarat Barkataki today announced that the Government would initiate steps to provide support to the important book fairs in the State. Stressing the importance of books in building the foundation of a society, the minister said that book fairs should be held regularly and not concentrated in just one area.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the 17th North East Book Fair 2015 organised by the All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association, Barkataki said that to change the society it was necessary to inculcate the reading habit in people and book fairs can motivate people to read. �We should ensure that book fairs are held in all districts and in every corner of the State,� he emphasized.
In his speech, the minister also dwelt at length on the history of book fairs and highlighted the benefits of reading. He pointed out that books have always played a prominent role in human life and civilization. He also said that books act as a window to freedom and enlightenment. �Knowledge is the greatest weapon today and books are the source of knowledge,� said the minister, hoping that in days to come books will contribute towards eliminating the ills prevalent in the society.
The book fair held at the Chandmari Engineering Ground here was inaugurated by Biplob Kumar Sarma, judge of Gauhati High Court. He declared the fair open to the public by lighting the ceremonial lamp. He spoke on the pleasure of reading and said that this pleasure can be described only in aesthetic terms. �Life is meaningful only when it is beautiful. And books bestow beauty on life,� said Sarma, adding that a good book provides a glimpse into the lives of people across the globe.
Sarma also highlighted the role of books in the growth of an individual and mentioned that a good book is a man�s friend and teacher for life. On the other hand, Sarma called for promoting the reading habit so as to resist the decay in the society.
Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Ajit Kumar Barman, president of the Association, called upon the book lovers to make the fair a success.