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Rally against shift of book fairs in Ghy
Guwahati, Nov 16:
Published on 16 Nov. 2009 11:43 PM IST
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A procession was taken out here today to protest the governments order to hold book fairs outside the main city limits. According to UNI reports the governments decision to shift out all exhibitions and fairs, including book fairs, to grounds outside the main city limits had not gone down well with the masses. Though the decision to shift the trade fairs was not protested, when orders came for holding even book fairs outside the main city limits it led to resentment and an outburst of anger among the public. The city hosts two major book fairs in the year, which were relocated to AEI field at Chandmari and Sonaram field at Bharalumukh from the original venue of Judges Field. Judges Field, the original site for all fairs, exhibitions and even cultural shows in the city, has now been kept aside only for sporting activities and all other shows had been banned over here. The orders to shift the book fairs further away from the main city has led to strong protests, with youth and students organisations, individuals and even political parties coming out against it. Todays procession was taken out from the Sahitya Sabha Bhavan near Ambari to the Deputy Commissioner (Kamrup Metro) office, where the protestors submitted a protest letter to the DC. Veteran academicians, poets, writers, intellectuals, journalists and artistes attended the procession, which was preceded by an informal meeting demanding the revocation of the governments order regarding the book fairs.

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