ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Princely Modernity

Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule by Janaki Nair (Orient Blackswan), 2012; pp 357, Rs 695 (hardback).

Old Archival Laws, New Archives

Digital records are radically different from paper records, both in their form as well as nature, and present new opportunities as well as challenges. Unfortunately, both legal and institutional structures remain oblivious to these challenges. This article lists the problems with the present archival system and points to the way ahead to develop a new archival culture for the digital age. Otherwise we risk losing the chance to archive our present for future generations.

Archives and Archival Consciousness

India is poor in record-keeping and has a just as poor awareness of the importance of records. This situation primarily arises due to our faulty archival education system, and the separation of archives as a practical discipline from archives as a topic for epistemological and discursive deliberation. What we need is a fair balance between the practical aspects of archival keeping and its conceptual and theoretical aspects.
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