Every Book Lovers’ Delight, Delhi’s 9-Day World Book Fair Begins!
Themed around ‘Environment and Climate Change’, the 26th New Delhi World Book Fair opened on Saturday.
Themed around ‘Environment and Climate Change’, the 26th New Delhi World Book Fair opened on Saturday.(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Every Book Lovers’ Delight, Delhi’s 9-Day World Book Fair Begins!

Themed around 'Environment and Climate Change', the 26th New Delhi World Book Fair opened on Saturday with a call for increased awareness and efforts to protect the environment.

The 9-day annual event was inaugurated by environmentalist Sunita Narain, European Union ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski, National Book Trust chairman Baldev Bhai Sharma and Madhu Ranjan Kumar, Joint Secretary, Minister of Human Resource Development.

Addressing the visitors through video conference, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that climate change awareness is important as humans have exploited Earth beyond its limits.

We have taken more from the Earth than it could offer. It is about time we realised the importance of awareness, and it won’t be possible without collective efforts – by not wasting electricity, water, by taking a bicycle to travel or by walking more instead of using petrol and diesel-run vehicles.
Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister

Author-environmentalist Sunita Narain also spoke strongly about the effects of climate change and the need for awareness, calling it the "biggest threat faced by the poorest of the poor".

The Western world is talking and negotiating about environment change, they are holding meetings while here in India, we are witnessing climate change with extreme cold, extreme drought and extreme rains. It is no more an upcoming event, climate change is here. And the worst affected are the poorest people, the farmers, the marginalised. We don’t need to be told about climate change, we are living it.
Sunita Narain

The book fair has a dedicated theme pavillion in Hall 7 E with books in English, Hindi and other Indian languages on environment-related issues like climate change, global warming, water and air pollution.

Kozlowski also emphasised the role of books in spreading awareness.

The most important aspect of a book fair is the participation for the general public, and with the event’s theme of environment and climate change, we hope to spread the message to as many people as possible. The fair has a very high reputation of creating awareness and bringing change in society. It is a medium to develop cultural ties between India and the European countries.
Tomasz Kozlowski

Over 20 European Union countries will participate with a delegation of publishers, editors and authors. The EU pavilion will also showcase some of the latest publications in English and other European languages along with panel discussions, talks, photo exhibits and cultural performances.

Apart from the EU nations, more than 40 countries including Canada, China, Egypt, Pakistan and United Kingdom will participate in the book fair.

In the authors’ corner, visitors get to interact with some of the well-known writers like Ruskin Bond, Jerry Pinto, Michael Creighton, Paro Anand, Mridula Garg and Ranjit Lal among others.

The author interactions will be held at five Authors Corners in Reflections (Hall 11), Conversations (Hangar over lake), International Events Corner (Hall 7A), Lekhak Manch (Hall 12-12A), and Sahitya Manch (Hall 8).

Many big-wigs of Delhi and the book addicts (obviously) took to Twitter to share their excitement.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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