Amid tensions, Pakistan boycotts participation in World Book Fair in India

Published: January 5, 2018
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Amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, a publisher from Pakistan who was previously reported to participate in the upcoming 45th New Delhi World Book Fair 2018 to be held from Saturday, January 6 to next Sunday, January 14 has boycotted the event, reported Express News.

The fair, organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) in association with the ITPO, would be held at the Pragati Maidan.

PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA

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It was earlier reported that just one Pakistani publisher would be participating in 2018 and only one stall has been taken up. The organisers were hopeful it would bring cheer among readers.

Where is Pakistan?

“There is a good demand of books from Pakistan. Readers have always liked and appreciated their writing. So this year, the publisher has returned. May be just one but hopeful that this will be a good indication,” NBT Director Rita Chaudhary told IANS.

PHOTO: HUNGRY READER

PHOTO: HUNGRY READER

More than 35 countries will be participating at this year’s book fair.

Last year as well, only one distributor from Pakistan had participated in the book fair.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 5, 2018 - 4:41PM

    The more such cases the more the isolation. literature /arts should be kept away from religion or politics . Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 5, 2018 - 5:07PM

    Sound decision.

    Judging from the caliber of comments coming from Indian media, it is best to stay away from the negativity that is eating that country. Recommend

  • Swetha
    Jan 5, 2018 - 6:25PM

    Say truth that you didn’t get visa.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Jan 6, 2018 - 2:21AM

    What a shame. Recommend

  • It's Economy Stupid
    Jan 6, 2018 - 2:27AM

    Then they claim our export is down. Emotions more important than economy.Recommend

  • Ashton
    Jan 6, 2018 - 8:57AM

    The loss is Pakistan’s.Recommend

  • Subash
    Jan 6, 2018 - 12:42PM

    Where permitted pakistan wants to boycott. Where not invited or permitted like cricket and hockey, pakistan insists that india should play them ! Recommend

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