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New Delhi, February 10, 2024: The 52nd edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) commenced today with Hon. Minister Dharmendra Pradhan officiating the opening ceremony. Celebrating India’s vibrant linguistic diversity and rich literary traditions, NDWBF 2024 promises to be a captivating fusion of literature, cultural expressions, and knowledge exchange.

Returning to the esteemed Pragati Maidan venue from February 10 to 18, 2024, the fair is jointly organized by the National Book Trust and the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). This year’s theme, ‘Multilingual India: A Living Tradition,’ underscores the country’s dynamic linguistic landscape. Doors are open to visitors daily from 11 am to 8 pm.

In a gesture to encourage participation, entry is complimentary for schoolchildren in uniform, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. For other attendees, ticket prices are set at Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for children.

A notable highlight of NDWBF 2024 is the presence of Saudi Arabia as the guest of honor, with 25 delegates showcasing their literary heritage across 2000-plus stalls. Dr. Abdullatif Al-Wasel, publishing general manager of the Saudi Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, expressed the significance of this participation in bolstering bilateral ties, especially following Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to New Delhi in 2019 and subsequent cultural agreements.

Additionally, the Sahitya Akademi has curated a series of programs focusing on India’s indigenous languages. From February 11 to 17, distinguished speakers representing Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Maithili, Santhali, and Sindhi will share their insights and experiences at Lekhak Manch (Hall 2) and Bal Mandap (Hall 3) of Pragati Maidan.

As a cornerstone event in the publishing world for the past five decades, NDWBF continues to draw international acclaim. The 2024 edition, housed in newly constructed Halls 1-5 at Pragati Maidan, reaffirms its status as a vital platform for literary exchange and cultural dialogue.

Organized by the National Book Trust, India, under the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and co-hosted by ITPO under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, NDWBF 2024 promises to be a stimulating celebration of literature and learning for all attendees.

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On the occasion of National Handloom Day PM Modi Today launched the e-portal ‘Bhartiya Vastra evam Shilpa Kosh – A Repository of Textiles & Crafts’ developed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology. The Prime Minister also visited the exhibition and interacted with the artisan, craft and weavers. 

In his address, the Prime Minister underlined the contribution of India’s handloom industry and emphasized the importance of preserving India’s diverse clothing traditions. He noted that the launch of ‘Bhartiya Vastra evam Shilpa Kosh’ would help compile and showcase India’s rich clothing heritage. The Prime Minister also spoke about the Swadeshi Movement and its role in connecting Indian weavers with the people, inspiring the government to choose National Handloom Day.

The Prime Minister emphasized the need to promote Swadeshi and support the handloom industry, which has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. He noted that the sale of Khadi clothes has increased by five times, and its demand in foreign nations is also increasing. The Prime Minister also highlighted the success of his Mann Ki Baat program in promoting Khadi products. The Prime Minister recalled his conversations with the weavers before the start of the program and welcomed the various handloom clusters from across the country in today’s grand celebrations. He also observed the diversity in clothing ranging from the tribal communities in far-fetched areas to people living in the snow-clad mountains, and from people in the coastal regions to those living in the desert as well as the clothing available in the markets of India. 

Handloom Weaver Shri. Rajendra Ankam from Solapur (Maharashtra)

The Prime Minister expressed delight that the need to enlist and compile the diverse clothing of India has come to fruition today with the launch of ‘Bhartiya Vastra evam Shilpa Kosh’. The launch of the e-portal and the Prime Minister’s address at the National Handloom Day Celebration reflect the government’s commitment to preserving India’s rich textile heritage and promoting Swadeshi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the National Handloom Day Celebration at Bharat Mandapam in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, and launched the e-portal ‘Bhartiya Vastra evam Shilpa Kosh – A Repository of Textiles & Crafts’ developed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology. The Prime Minister highlighted the contribution of the handloom industry of India and said that the confluence of old and new defines the new India of today. He also emphasized the need to repeat the Swadeshi resolution to support the weavers and handicraftsmen in the upcoming festivities of Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Utsav, Dussehra, and Deepavali. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that the schemes implemented for the textile sector are becoming a major means of social justice as lakhs of people are engaged in handloom work in villages and towns across the country. He also mentioned the Mudra Yojana and said that it has now become possible for weavers to get loans without guarantee.

The Prime Minister urged the citizens to host the Tricolour and celebrate the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ once again. Union Minister of Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Textiles, Smt Darshana Jardosh and Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri Narayan Tatu Rane were present on the occasion among others.

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