A four-day book exhibition titled ‘Literature for Peace’ was launched at Ranga Mandir here on Wednesday by Shanthi Prakashana, a leading publication house of Mangalore, to mark its silver jubilee.
The publication house has been holding such exhibitions across the State.
The ongoing book exhibition in Bijapur has a collection of nearly 250 books brought out by the publication house, said Imam Kasim Hulikutti, working president of the organising committee.
“The objective of the exhibition is not to make profit but to spread awareness on peace and harmony in the society through literature,” he told The Hindu .
Mr. Hulikutti said the books published by Shanthi Prakashana deal with a number of socially relevant topics ranging from human rights to misconceptions about Islam.
He expressed regret that many people did not have proper knowledge about Islam.
“Some people are spreading canards and giving a false image of Islam, which is essentially a peace-loving religion. In order to dispel the misconceptions about Islam, the Shanthi Prakashana has come up with several books dealing with the basic concepts of the religion. These books are available at the exhibition,” he said.
Claiming that every day over one thousand people were visiting the stalls, he said nearly 75 per cent of the visitors actually purchase the books. Mr. Hulikutti said the exhibition will be open for public from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.