CPD's stall is selling the largest number of English books
Stalls at the Ekushey Book Fair are selling a small number of books written in English, despite a fair-wide emphasis on selling Bangla books only.
Many of the stalls are selling books written by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The titles include “People and Democracy,” “Democracy in Distress: Demeaned Humanity,” and “Democracy, Poverty Elimination, and Peace,” all of which are written in English.
The Center for Policy Dialogue's (CPD's) stall is selling the largest number of English books, including works by CPD Chairman Rehman Sobhan. The stall attendant told the Dhaka Tribune that their sales have been steady, but overall customer turnout has been low.
The British Council’s stall at the fair has a few English books on display as well, but they are not for sale. Many customers, when asked if they were interested in buying books written in English, responded negatively, claiming that the spirit of the fair was based on the Bangla Language Movement, and hence they were at the fair to buy books written in Bangla in honour of Language Martyrs’ Day on February 21.
All the English books being sold at the fair are written on topics related to Bangladesh. None of the books on sale deal with international issues or with international literature.
Other stalls selling English books include those of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the Liberation War Museum, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, and the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.