The Hindu: NCBS archives receive $440,000 grant to collect, preserve history of science in contemporary India

The Hindu: NCBS archives receive $440,000 grant to collect, preserve history of science in contemporary India . “The Archives plans to collect, preserve and digitize artefacts, including manuscripts, photographs, oral testimonies and histories of individuals and groups who have played a vital role in the development and dissemination of knowledge and practices in ecology and conservation.” NCBS is the National Centre for Biological Sciences.

One India: No war record with NAI shocks historians

One India: No war record with NAI shocks historians. “The assertion of National Archives of India (NAI) that it does not have the records of India’s three major wars – one with China in 1962 and two with Pakistan in 1965 and 1971 – has shocked the nation, especially the historians. For any civilized country, the records of wars are an important repository of historical facts. But the governments of that time failed in their duty to hand over the records to NAI.”

Hindustan Times: C-DAC Pune to develop ‘virtual walk through’ for Raigad fort

Hindustan Times: C-DAC Pune to develop ‘virtual walk through’ for Raigad fort. “In a bid to provide a virtual tour of the historic Raigad fort, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune has begun work in collaboration with the state government to digitise the iconic landmark in Maratha history. … This will be the first virtual tour of any of Maharashtra’s forts, utilising cutting-edge technology to provide the public with a one-of-a-kind experience without having to visit the fort.” You can read more about the forts of Maharashtra here.

Mathrubhumi: Indic Digital Archive Foundation launches ‘Grandhappura’ for Malayalam digital artefacts

Mathrubhumi: Indic Digital Archive Foundation launches ‘Grandhappura’ for Malayalam digital artefacts. “The inauguration of the Indic Digital Archive Foundation and the opening of the Kerala Digital Archive web portal were held at Christ College, here on Sunday. The web portal under the foundation, ‘Grandhappura’ was launched at the event. The foundation is a collection of digitised artefacts related to Kerala, Malayalam and the state’s culture.”

Survivors of Partition Seek Closure Through an Unlikely Source: YouTube (New York Times)

New York Times: Survivors of Partition Seek Closure Through an Unlikely Source: YouTube. “Mr. [Nasir] Dhillon is the driving force behind Punjabi Lehar, a six-year-old YouTube channel that posts regular interviews with survivors of that traumatic episode. He says it has enabled a number of Muslims and Sikhs — including some who live in North America — to visit their ancestral villages, and has led to about 100 in-person reunions. Partition led to communal violence, mass displacement and the deaths of as many as two million people. Some of the young people who survived were separated from their parents or siblings.”

Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations

Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations. “Memories of the August 14, 1947 partition of India and Pakistan ‘nearly disappeared into the abyss of time,’ said the founder of an online archive dedicated to preserving oral histories of the time so that ‘history will not be forgotten.’”

India Partition: After 75 years, tech opens a window into the past (Reuters)

Reuters: India Partition: After 75 years, tech opens a window into the past. “The partition of colonial India into two states, mainly Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, at the end of British rule triggered one of the biggest mass migrations in history…. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since then, and relations remain tense. They rarely grant visas to each others’ citizens, making visits nearly impossible – but social media has helped people on either side of the border connect.”

News18: Army Undertakes Projects to Archive War Histories, Plans to Complete Them by April Next Year

News18 (India): Army Undertakes Projects to Archive War Histories, Plans to Complete Them by April Next Year. “As per sources in the government, the projects have been initiated by the Army’s Training Command (ARTRAC). The Mhow-based Army War College will be the nodal authority for the projects and Delhi-based think tank United Services Institution of India (USI) will support the research work on the military history content as an expert body.”

The Hindu: Google launches ‘India Ki Udaan’ to mark 75 years of Independence

The Hindu: Google launches ‘India Ki Udaan’ to mark 75 years of Independence . “Capturing the milestones India has achieved in its journey of 75 years since Independence, software giant Google on Friday unveiled a vibrant online project drawing from rich archives and featuring artistic illustrations to tell the story of the country. Named ‘India ki Udaan’, the project executed by Google Arts & Culture celebrates the country’s achievements and is ‘themed on the unwavering and undying spirit of India over these past 75 years’.”

New Indian Express: ASI faces uphill task of cataloguing and preserving piles of its archival treasure

New Indian Express: ASI faces uphill task of cataloguing and preserving piles of its archival treasure . “The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has started an uphill task to catalogue and preserve piles of archival records lying in disarray in its offices across states. Historical documents are being searched through and evaluated to fast-track the setting up of the Archive Division at ASI headquarters in Delhi.”

Times of India: E-archive To Collate Data On Ancient, Colonial Indian Laws For Easy Access And Awareness

Times of India: E-archive To Collate Data On Ancient, Colonial Indian Laws For Easy Access And Awareness. “To make sources of legal history easily available to scholars, lawyers and judges, and to raise awareness among present and future generations about ancient and medieval Indian laws, the Centre for Studies In Legal History of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata, will establish an electronic archive on legal history comprising ancient, medieval and colonial Indian laws up to 1947 that are still being used in the country.”

‘I wish to be made free and to remain in this country’: Testimony of liberated enslaved women, girls and boys (British Library)

British Library: ‘I wish to be made free and to remain in this country’: Testimony of liberated enslaved women, girls and boys. “On 19 November 1847, Gregor Grant, Senior Magistrate of Police at Bombay (Mumbai), sent depositions of forty-seven women and girls and twelve boys to the Government of Bombay. These individuals had been on board five baghlahs (sailing vessels) captured in the Persian Gulf in September 1847 by the East India Company’s Indian Navy and brought into Bombay Harbour…. The correspondence concerning the five baghlahs and the people on board can be found in the India Office Records file IOR/L/PS/5/452, which has been digitised and can be accessed through the Qatar Digital Library.”

Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: Foundation launched to preserve legacies of Indian indentureship

Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: Foundation launched to preserve legacies of Indian indentureship. “The Girmitya Foundation, which is a non-governmental organisation registered in T&T, was officially launched last week Sunday at The Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation. Founder Nutan Ragoobir stated that Indian immigrants were made to sign a Girmit (agreement) as part of their bonding to hard labour and as such were called Girmityas. Ragoobir stated that the foundation was able to successfully achieve its first goal of creating and implementing a digital library dedicated to Indian history—Girmitya Archives.” If “Girmitya” sounds a little familiar, it’s because on May 15th I indexed an article about Girmityas arriving in Fiji.