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National Book Trust, India

Knowledge partner of the nation

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Kumar Vikram
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Abstract

The journey of National Book Trust, India (NBT, in short) is the journey of the exploration, development and promotion of Indian content through Indian languages in the post-independence era. For NBT, there was no hierarchy of languages and scholarship as it sourced content for all age groups in all languages to be translated into other languages – hence the emphasis on developing ‘common’ books to read from regardless of the initial language of creation. Established and visualized as the national body for both book publishing and promotion, NBT’s ambit naturally extends to creating platforms to promote the culture of reading and book-mindedness. Interactive and pioneering platforms like the New Delhi World Book Fair have helped build a visible book-reading tradition in the country, which is being taken forward with renewed fervour while meeting the challenges of the post-Covid era.

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