A group of Indian scholars and booksellers has mapped out a reading culture that thrives on books, in a country where the literacy rate stands at 63 percent, according to a book study published by National Geographic magazine.
The study by the Indian National Library and Archives Department (INLAD) looked at the literary output of each state over the past 100 years and found that the books of each of the states were predominantly written by men, often in their early thirties, who were either literate and literate literate, or had a relatively low literacy rate.
It also found that, in the absence of modern methods of reading, books often served as the primary source of information about the history of the country.
The authors of the book said they wanted to highlight the role of books in India, a country that has experienced massive cultural change over the last 200 years and where books still have a powerful place in everyday life.
“Our findings confirm that there is a rich and dynamic literature in India.
We found that books are more than just a text and that they are a vital part of our culture and our identity,” INLAD Chief Digital Officer Praveen Chatterjee told AFP news agency.
He added that the study found that only two states — Rajasthan and Maharashtra — had the highest literacy rate in the world, while in Kerala, where the country’s literacy rate is 83 percent, it was only one percent.
According to Chatterjee, India is the only country in the Western Hemisphere where the reading and writing are the same.
He said that despite the rise in literacy rate, the country has still been struggling with poverty, illiteracy and illiteracy in the form of poor children.
The book authors said they also found evidence that the literacy rates of rural Indians are much lower than the national average, with only one-third of all rural households having a primary school education.
“India has some of the highest illiteracy rates in the developed world, but we have some of highest literacy rates in Asia, Africa and South America,” Chatterjay said.
“But literacy rates are not equal in India.”
Chatterjee added that while there is plenty of information in the books, the researchers had also identified a number of issues that need to be addressed in order to provide an accessible and effective reading environment for all.
The research team also looked at what books and bookshelves were used in the country, and found a number that were more likely to be used as a shelf for books than as books themselves.
“The shelves were also less organized in the libraries and the use of bookshelts in libraries was more informal,” Chaterjee said.
“In the library, you could have one shelf of books on one side of the room, and a book in another.
But books are not just there, they are also used for display in the room.”
The INLADE study also found a high number of books are stored in libraries.
“It’s not that the libraries are not used, but they are not accessible,” Chattar said.