Sushanta Talukdar, The Hindu
`NBT will not publish such children’s books’
# `History must be written based on concrete data’
# Sub-regional office to be set up at Guwahati
# NBT to facilitate publication of books on northeastern states
Guwahati: Noted historian and chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT) Bipan Chandra on Saturday cautioned against bringing up children on superstition and said that the NBT would encourage publication of only books free from the elements of superstition, male chauvinism, casteism and communalism.
In an interaction with media persons at the Press Club here, Prof. Chandra also called for opposing communalism. He said communalism had divided the country and Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru had failed to counter it. The six-year-long anti-foreigners movement launched in 1979 in Assam, however, successfully kept out communalism.
He said history must be written on concrete data honestly gathered. He underlined the need for publication of more and more affordable books for general readers to increase the reading habit and knowledge among the common people and particularly among children.
Prof. Chandra inaugurated a spring festival of books organised by Anwesha an NGO.
He said the NBT would open a sub-regional office here and facilitate publication of more books on Assam and other North-Eastern States. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had assured all help in the setting up of the office, for which at least 2000 sq.ft. space would be required, he added.