Culture of reading should Grow, says Javadekar

5 Jan 2019

The culture of reading should grow more in people as it teaches values like analytical thinking and develops respect for different opinions, Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
Speaking at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair here, the Union minister said the culture of reading offers "new dimensions" and life finds a "meaning". "Even if we read only 50 pages in a day we are filled with satisfaction. We find new thoughts, imagination, and possibilities. Books bring us so many different experiences of the world. I am happy that the culture of reading books is increasing in our country. And our life finds a meaning by reading.
"We get new dimensions. I hope the culture of reading grows with exchange of thoughts, interest to analyse all opinions should increase too, and the respect towards all opinions should increase as well. And I believe reading books teaches us all these values," he said. The 27th edition of the book fair opened today at Pragati Maidan. The minister also emphasised the importance of art and culture and suggested spending part of earnings on such activities.
"Art and culture is very important in life, we should spend our earnings for the livelihood, for welfare, to pay taxes, but we also need to spend a part of it on art and culture programmes. Only then our lives have any meaning," Javadekar said. Organised by National Book Trust and ITPO, this year's book fair has "Books for Readers with Special Needs" as its theme and Sharjah has been invited as the guest country.