Book fair inaugurated

CHENNAI, JAN. 9. India today is on the "uplift and brain drain is becoming brain trust," K. Venkatasubramaniam, Member, Union Planning Commission, said today.

Inaugurating the 27th annual book fair at the Quaid-e-Millet Government Arts College for Women organised by the Booksellers' and Publishers' Association of South India (BAPASI) here, he said the market had come down for cars manufactured by multinationals and the preference was for indigenous cars. At this point of time, Tamil Nadu should stand in the forefront and only books could help the State achieve this status, he said.

In the 10th Five-Year Plan, importance would be given to assistance for development of rural book deposit centres and for improvement of infrastructure of State and Central libraries and for organising seminars and workshops. Criticising State Governments that decided on selection of books for libraries, he said there were many unread books. Urging teachers to update themselves, he said they had more time for agitations and protests than for improvement of skills. "In Japan, there was a student strike at 10 p.m. Asked why they did not stage the protest during the day, they said, `We will not strike during college hours as college is sacred to us." In India, on the contrary, there was a tendency to strike work when the demand for service was at its peak.

The best publisher award was presented to K. Masilamani of Kalaignaan Pathippagam. Special awards were given to Sri La Sri Arumuga Navalar Vidyanupalana Yanthira Salai, New Century Book House and Universal Publishers; the best seller award to Sarvodaya Ilakkiya Pannai, Madurai; the best writer awards to R. Venkatraman and D. Jayakanthan; the best children's writer award went to Poovannan; the best author in English to Mini Krishna; the best book seller in English to Land Mark and the best publisher in English to Munshiram Manoharlal.

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