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Fair push for tribal languages

- Stall, panel discussion scheduled at Delhi event

Tribal languages from Jharkhand and neighbouring states are all set to get a platform for promotion at the national level.

All India Tribal Book Sellers and Publishers’ Forum will promote tribal languages like Santhali and Ho at the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) scheduled from February 4 to 10 at Pragati Maidan. Organised by National Book Trust and Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, the fair aims to focus on folk and tribal literature in its 21st edition.

The event is one of the most sought after in the capital where tribal writers and scholars will get an opportunity to voice their opinion. Apart from a stall where the language enthusiasts from Jharkhand would display books for sale, there would also be a panel discussion on indigenous culture on February 5.

The members of All India Tribal Book Sellers and Publishers Forum wants to utilise the platform to promote tribal languages as much as possible and not just sell books.

“The situation of almost all regional languages is the same including Santhali and other tribal tongues. However, we will not be there to sell books but to try and promote the language in the national capital,” said Mangal Majhi, a member of the Forum.

The panel discussion will be on Indigenous People’s Philosophy on Global Environment and Peace. “We will have 200 books including novels, play and poetry in our kiosk in Delhi,” said Majhi.

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