World Book Fair pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

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New Delhi, Feb 3: In a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the World Book Fair underway here has put on display all the works of the Father of the Nation and those on him by well known authors.

The nine-day knowledge extravaganza, which opened at the sprawling Pragati Maidan yesterday, has special pavilion dedicated to Gandhi. An 'Annotated Rights Catalogue' accumulating information on 700 titles and a platform for negotiating sale and purchase of copyrights among national and international publishers. would lead to wider understanding of Mahatma, his ideas and studies available on him.

''Apart from acting as a platform for publishers from all over the world for selling books, this year the fair will also act as a platform for trade in copyrights,'' NBT director Nuzat Hussan said.

A rights catalogue has been published to provide information regarding the ownership of copyrights.

''This catalogue would be a helpful tool for publishers. If you as a publisher want to publish a Gujarati work in English, you can negotiate the copyrights with its original publisher,'' she said.

In what is being termed as ''one of its kind in India'', more than 1200 books have been put on the international rights exhibition for display.

The publishers from all across the world would hold minute discussions on titles and copyright laws, NBT editor Kumar Vikram said.

The objective behind the exhibition is to make primary but important information on copyright available to publishing houses, authors, compilers and book lovers, he said.

Besides books, the exhibition also contains paintings and cartoons on Gandhi by eminent artists, his quotes and names of books he liked to read.

Mahatma's letter to former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and his signature in eleven languages have also been showcased.

The audio visual section will feature a catalogue containing information about nearly sixty documentaries filmed by Films Division, Doordarshan and NFDC on Gandhi.


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