Deputy Director of Tehran Book Fair has enumerated the reasons why India has been chosen as the special guest to the 26th Tehran International Book Fair.
Mohammad Azimi said that Farsi being spoken in India, India’s ranking 3rd in publication in the world, the country’s situation in e-booking, and the country’s public interest in the Iranian booth in the last New Delhi book fair has made India the special guest to the Tehran Book Fair.
Deputy Director of Tehran Book Fair said that as a country was going to be chosen as special guest to the 26th Tehran International Book Fair, cultural cooperation and affiliation grounds were investigated.
Answering the question why India has been chosen as special guest, Azimi said "First, we have a lot in common with India regarding culture; Farsi is spoken in India and it has many fans there.”
"The other issue is that Islam exists in India and a lot of people there are Muslim, some of whom are Shiite,” added Azimi, "Also India stands next to the US and China regarding publication. It also holds a strong position in e-booking. Plus, there is a lot of interest in the expansion of cultural ties between Iran and India.”
He also provided comments on Iran’s participation in the recent New Delhi book fair and said "We felt that the people of India showed great interest in the Iranian booth in the book fair and it showed that the people and government of the country welcome the Iranian culture and publication.”