NEW DELHI– Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday inaugurated the New Delhi World Book Fair 2016, and said guest of honour country China would feel “at home” during the event.
“We believe in ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ and in our tradition, we worship our guests. We hope that the people from the guest of honour country China will feel at home in India,” an official statement quoted the minister as saying.
Talking about the India-China relationship since ancient times, she said there was a mention of Chinese silk dress in Arthashastra which shows how Indian history finds mention of the country’s relationship with China.
She hoped that both countries will strengthen ties on the cultural as well as knowledge front.
The fair, organised by the National Book Trust, India in collaboration with the India Trade Promotion Organisation, will be on till January 17.