rescuing things

Bijoy Misra bmisra at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Sun Dec 7 01:45:11 UTC 1997

We need to make a whole team of people in India to locate
scripts and help microfilm/digitize.  Any idea on what the
government's interest has been on preservation?

Kindly advise.

Bijoy Misra

On Sat, 6 Dec 1997, Anil Gupta wrote:

> I am not an indologist nor am I a scholar in sanskrit. But I do have
> interest in culture and its conections with systems of thought.
> I do feel that stemming erosion of knowledge is un urgent task. Thsu not
> just written material but also oral material. I also realise that soem of
> teh inetrnational scholars are more serious and systematic in doing this
> just as many Indian scholars do this very carefully.
> The point Bijoy made was simple. Unless local community of scholars and
> students can access  teh so conserevd knowledge, it will only increase the
> assymetry in knowledge and power to use it for different purposes.
> Obviously no body is arguing here that outsdiers in nay society can be more
> concerned about how that society should progress, move forward and engage
> in discourse on nay subject. But, I will also not argue that my stake in my
> society stem merely because I am born here. There are any number of Indians
> who are unfair, unjust and unethical as far as knowledge prodcution and
> reprodcution is concrend. It took me long time ( 15 years) to discover in
> 1986 that much of my work was published in English langauge which most
> peopel whose knowledeg I wrote about did not understand aND THUS coudl not
> critique.
> That is how metaphor of Hoeny bee was discovered and network on local
> langauge comunication of local innovations was started in 1988-89. (
> I think rescuing, restoring, rehabilitation and reconstruction are al
> required. Who does it how and when and for how long and with whom in mind
> will determine who benefits from it.
> I think it was agood discussion, notwithstanding teh anger and impatience
> shown by a few
> anil

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