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Tripura CM opens 42nd Agartala Book Fair, urges to gift books to promote reading 

Even in an era dominated by digital technology, the unique joy derived from books remains unparalleled, said Chief Minister of Tripura Dr Manik Saha at the opening ceremony of the 42nd Agartala Book Fair held at Hapania International Fair Ground on Wednesday.

He said, the feeling that comes from books cannot be found in any other medium. That is why even in the age of modern technology, the importance of books is immense.

42nd-Agartala-book-fair-Dr-Manik-SahaThe Chief Minister acknowledged that the allure of books might have waned slightly over time, attributing this shift to the advent of advanced technology. However, he emphasized that this same technology has made books more accessible, transforming them into digital formats that can be easily read on computers.

Reminiscing about his own childhood, Dr Saha recalled the anticipation and excitement that accompanied the release of a new book. He fondly remembered the long lines of eager readers that would form outside the Bir Chandra State Central Library in Agartala in yester years.

In a bid to revive the culture of reading, the Chief Minister advocated for books to be given as gifts. This gesture, he opined, would not only stimulate the publishing industry but also foster a love for reading. He expressed hope that the book fair would inspire attendees to rediscover the joy of reading.

The event, presided over by MLA Minarani Sarkar, was attended by a large number of book enthusiasts. The MLA expressed optimism that the 42nd Agartala Book Fair would be a resounding success.

Eminent Bangladeshi writer and researcher, Subhash Singh Roy, in his special address, highlighted the deep-rooted ties between India and Bangladesh. He commended Agartala for its support during the Bangladesh liberation war, a gesture that has been immortalized in the annals of history. He expressed hope for the continued strengthening of the bond between the two nations.

Dr. PK Chakraborty, Secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs Department, revealed that the fair had grown from 180 stalls at the 41st Book Fair to 191 stalls this year. The stalls represented a diverse range of regions, including Tripura, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and neighboring country Bangladesh.

The event was graced by several dignitaries, including Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ramprasad Pal, Chief Whip of the Tripura Legislative Assembly MLA Kalyani Saha Roy, Mayor of Agartala Municipal Corporation Deepak Majumder, and Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala Arif Mohammad.

The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a souvenir and a special issue of Gomti to commemorate the 42nd Agartala Book Fair.

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