Indian politician and author Shashi Tharoor hailed the initiatives taken by the UAE government to promote reading and said the country is leading the way for others to follow.
“Habits of reading have sadly declined around the world. I congratulate the UAE government for its initiative of declaring the Year of Reading,” he said while delivering a key note speech during ‘Read Today, Lead Tomorrow’ event held by Creative Education Services and Muslim Educational Society at the Indian Social and Cultural Centre on Sunday.
The event, held under the patronage of Ministry of Finance, is in support of the Year of Reading initiative.
He drew a comparison between the budget allocation of the UAE and India to education sector.
“The UAE government has this year allocated 23 per cent of the budget to education. India spends 3.6 per cent. I am struck by this remarkable figure,” he said.
Tharoor said very often the adventure of reading can begin with a single book. He narrated his thrust with books during his childhood. “I started at a young age. My generation was the last generation which had no other distractions – no Nintendo or smartphones or even computers. On top of that I was an asthmatic child and was confined to bed and to distract my mind the only option was to read.