[INDOLOGY] Suggestions for improving services of Asiatic Society, Kolkata

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Sat Feb 17 00:36:25 UTC 2018

Dear Deepro,

I did not know about the AS's "30%" rule.  Administrative slowness is one
thing, but the 30% rule is simply unacceptable.  No professional library
outside India has such a policy, as far as I know.  And it is clearly an
attack on academic freedom.  The 30% rule prevents the true growth of
knowledge, which has always been the main mission of the Asiatic Society.

The managers of the AS need to understand that their manuscripts only have
value when a scholar studies them.  If they lie unread on the shelf, they
are dead.  The super-human efforts made by the great pandits and manuscript
scribes of the past to pass their wisdom to us today is being blocked by
this unacceptable limitation.


Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


On 16 February 2018 at 03:06, Deepro Chakraborty via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. I will convey these
> concerns to the authority. Let's hope for the best.
> Sincerely,
> Deepro.
> On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 8:48 PM, Deepro Chakraborty <
> chakrabortydeepro at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I was informally asked to give some suggestions for an upgrade of the
>> services of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata. I never visited their library and
>> did not have any experience of collecting copies of manuscript materials
>> from this institute. Some of my friends who were looking for manuscripts in
>> this institute had pathetic experiences.
>> The conditions of these south Asian libraries are often similar.
>> Therefore, some general suggestions would also be useful.
>> If you have any suggestion for improving their services I would be glad
>> to forward your message (it can be anonymous if you want) to the authority.
>> Sincerely,
>> Deepro Chakraborty
>> PhD candidate
>> Department of History and Classics,
>> University of Alberta.
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