Oppose shifting of Little Magazine Fair from Nandan Complex
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The Little Magazine Fair that takes place every year from January 11 - 15 at Nandan Complex, Kolkata is being shifted to an obscure venue - Okakura Bhavan, Salt Lake. The fair is attended by thousands of readers, literature enthusiasts, magazine buyers and several hundred little magazines participate in it every year. The Nandan Complex is located at the heart of the city and can be easily reached via metro and road transport networks. However, the same is not true for the Okakura Bhavan which is located in the eastern-most part of Kolkata. Adding injury to insult, unlike the Nandan complex which is an open arena, the Okakura Bhavan is a compact enclosure that will be able to house only about 150 little magazine stalls. This also means that about 300 little magazines will be left out of the fair. All of this will impact footfall significantly and will come as a blow to all little magazines that are non-commercial entities (they do not have paid staff, distribution networks or ad revenue) which literally survive on the sales proceeds of fairs like these. We understand, that the little magazine community is not quite the government's best friend, but we expect better judgement from Bangla Akademi and from the Mamata Banerjee government that has been vehemently protesting against the many fascist stands of the central government aimed at curbing the citizens' fundamental rights.
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