GUWAHATI, Dec 30 � �Books are and would always be an integral part of our civilization and the festival of books is the celebration of life and civilization on Earth.�
Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro Vice-chancellor of the Tezpur University, while inaugurating the 14th North East Book Fair at the AEI Field, Chandmari today said that the movement of books is the movement of awakening people.
Ruling out any possibility of death of books in the days to come, he said that such is the connection between the books and the society, that people would never let the books die for the sake of their own existence.
The NE Book Fair, organized by the All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association would continue till January 10, 2013.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Choudhury applauded the initiative of the organizers to dedicate the fair in the name of renowned poet Hiren Bhattacharyya popular as �Hiruda�, and special arrangements for 150th birth anniversary celebration of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbarua.
He also suggested that some of the publishers can get together and plan to publish the books written by Bazbarua, as a befitting tribute to the great litterateur. Dr Choudhury also asked the book publishers to take the help of digital technology to preserve the books in a more systematic way which can be reproduced easily.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sivanath Barman, editor of Janasadharan proposed setting up of libraries of Assamese books in places outside Assam, which could both popularize Assamese literature as well as help Assamese people living outside to access Assamese books conveniently.