Published On : Sun, Jan 5th, 2014

Book Fairs increase intellectual status of big cities, Nagpur should be capital: Dr Manohar

8th National Book Fair inaugurated in Orange City

Nagpur News: The 8th National Book Fair, organized jointly by Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur National Book Fair, was inaugurated by eminent literary Dr Yeshwant Manohar on Saturday at Kasturchand Park.

Dr Yeshwant Manohar, addressing the programme, said, “Book Fairs increase the intellectual status of big cities. Similarly, expressions, thoughts and lifestyles of big cities teach the high moral values by organizing such kind of ventures. Nagpur should be bestowed with Capital status, not only of Maharashtra but the city should get the honour of National Capital whenever the shifting of Capital City proposal gets approved and it should be approved soon,” said Dr Manohar while greeting and extending his wishes to the NMC and Nagpur National Book Fair for organizing the Book fair.

The inaugural function was presided over by the Mayor Anil Sole. Other prominent personalities present on the occasion include West Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, BSP leader Murlidhar Meshram, Shiv Sena Group Leader Sheetal Gharat, Dharampeth Zone Chairperson Varsha Thakre, Dhantoli Zone Chairperson Lata Yadav, Nehru Nagar Zone Chairperson Mangala Gaure, Aasinagar Zone Chairman Gautam Patil, Additional Municipal Commissioner Hemant Pawar, Bank of Maharashtra’s Manager  Shyama Prasad Mahanti, Raman Science Centre’s Project Coordinator Vishwanath Joshi, Government Press Manager Dhote, NMC Secretary Harish Dubey, National Book Fair President Vinod Nangia and others.

Dr Manohar further said, “While purchasing books, one must opt for choicest and quality books related to his field. Such books increase one’s knowledge in the field. Similarly, other books should also be purchased for gaining comprehensive knowledge. The real aim of creation of human being has been for scientific approach, humanity, curious intelligence, and reforms. Only books can reach the human beings to that ideal. Books create light in one’s life, books carve out radiant future, books make intellectuals, books have been the lives of millions of human beings. Nagpurians, Vidarbhaites should visit the National Book Fair, see the books, purchase the books, and make themselves like books that spread knowledge, create scholars, and spread the literary light,” Dr Manohar said.

The Mayor Anil Sole, while speaking on the occasion, said, “The National Book Fairs have given Nagpur a new identity.  The NMC, which is celebrating 150th Year Celebrations, has now been known in the country as most progressive one. The NMC is the only civic body that organizes National Book Fairs with the aim of increasing reading culture in the era of dozens of TV channels, Internet, Apps. Today’s youths have been distancing themselves from reading books. The National Book Fair has become an attraction for the Orange City citizens. The youths should visit the Book Fair and increase the reading culture and also increase their knowledge in various fields,” Mayor said.

Others who spoke on the occasion include. Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vinod Nangia, Surendra Ankolekar, Shyama Prasad Mahanti and others.