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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Interesting series on the loss of literature and history as collections crumble or are sold for scrap in India

In India, History Literally Rots Away
Repairing the Damage at India’s National Archives
India’s Archives: How Did Things Get This Bad?
The Parsis, Once India’s Curators, Now Shrug as History Rots
...all by Dinyar Patel, a historian and Harvard doctoral candidate who is also Parsi.

If you care anything at all about preserving history, documents, and literature, some of this will break your heart. But some people are trying to change things, although it sounds like the problem is so large, the bureaucracy so great, that it's a bit like tilting at windmills. But if even a tenth of what out there gets preserved through greater awareness, that's a step in the right direction.

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