Memoirs of Information Work

The following article was written by Avinash Jha, who has been working on Information and Documentation first at CED Mumbai, and is currently the Librarian at CSDS Delhi. His article, written after the fashion of a memoir, traces the changes in the patterns of information circulation and regulation in a cybernetic era, changing the very definition of a librarian. This paper was presented at the International Colloquium on Information, Society, Politics, History titled ‘Sensor-Census-Censor: Investigating Regimes of Information, Registering Changes of State’ at Sarai-CSDS, New Delhi, India, 30 Nov-1 Dec, 2006.

memoirs of information work

Avinash Jha

A link to the paper is also mentioned at the following forum: <http://www.kicsforum.net/index.php/kicsknowledge-sharing/722-knowledge-in-an-internet-era#Avinash&gt;

The following are the directions to CED Mumbai and Bangalore respectively.

CED Mumbai

CED Bangalore

The Meaning of the Indian Experience – the Emergency – an essay by Ajit Roy

‘Mrs. Gandhi’s success was predicated by two massive reserve forces operating in her favour (i) the passivity of the rural masses, and (ii) loyalty of the armed forces.’ The Indian events from the Indian perspective – An analysis of the Emergency by Ajit Roy, from a collection of essays, The Meaning of the Indian Experience – the Emergency, edited by Sarral K. Chatterji. Also worth reading: ‘My memories of Ajit Roy’ at http://praxisvision.blogspot.in/2011/07/my-memories-of-ajit-roy.html

Being Procrustes: editing and censorship during the Emergency

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Please follow the following link to access a couple of additions to the Emergency archive. These new ones (numbers 14 and 15) contain snippets from Satyavani (a contemporary newspaper) and a governmental statement on the (mis)use of mass media(1977). https://publicarchives.wordpress.com/full-text-collections/emergency/ These texts were contributed by Maya Dodd, Director of the Centre for South Asia at the Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, Pune. Maya Dodd’s PhD, ‘Archives of Democracy: Technologies of Witness in Literatures on Indian Democracy Since 1975′, among other things, dwelt on the literature produced during the Emergency of 1975 in India. Dodd revealed that the literature produced during the Emergency was easier to locate in University libraries in India that had systematically built up their collections in the 70s and 80s, than in the libraries of Delhi. In fact, texts that were sometimes unavailable in India could be traced in the library collections at the University of Chicago. All of these, she said, were stamped with the sign, PL480, Public Law 480, that allowed for the import of wheat from the US by India to be tied to the program for the acquisition of South Asian materials for American libraries. An international financial trade-off of the 1950s periodically unearths treasures for Indian scholars in the US. Read more on this issue at the link provided above…

“Will there be singing in the dark times?”- writing during the Emergency

Please follow the following link to access a couple of additions to the Emergency archive, these new ones (numbers 12 and 13) containing underground literatures published during the Emergency, and the haunting cover image from the collection of musings from an Emergency detainee at the Hardwar Jail-

https://publicarchives.wordpress.com/full-text-collections/emergency/

These texts were contributed by Maya Dodd, Director of the Centre for South Asia at the Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, Pune. Maya Dodd’s PhD, ‘Archives of Democracy: Technologies of Witness in Literatures on Indian Democracy Since 1975′, among other things, dwelt on the literature produced during the Emergency of 1975 in India. Dodd revealed that the literature produced during the Emergency was easier to locate in University libraries in India that had systematically built up their collections in the 70s and 80s, than in the libraries of Delhi. In fact, texts that were sometimes unavailable in India could be traced in the library collections at the University of Chicago. All of these, she said, were stamped with the sign, PL480, Public Law 480, that allowed for the import of wheat from the US by India to be tied to the program for the acquisition of South Asian materials for American libraries. An international financial trade-off of the 1950s periodically unearths treasures for Indian scholars in the US. Read more on this issue at the link provided above…

Emergency: representation, re-presentation

Please follow the following link to access a few more additions to the Emergency archive, these new ones (numbers 9-11) containing cartoons, the manifesto of the janata party, and two essays by Eliot Marskal and Anand Patwardhan.

https://publicarchives.wordpress.com/full-text-collections/emergency/

These texts were contributed by Maya Dodd, Director of the Centre for South Asia at the Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, Pune. Maya Dodd’s PhD, ‘Archives of Democracy: Technologies of Witness in Literatures on Indian Democracy Since 1975′, among other things, dwelt on the literature produced during the Emergency of 1975 in India. Dodd revealed that the literature produced during the Emergency was easier to locate in University libraries in India that had systematically built up their collections in the 70s and 80s, than in the libraries of Delhi. In fact, texts that were sometimes unavailable in India could be traced in the library collections at the University of Chicago. All of these, she said, were stamped with the sign, PL480, Public Law 480, that allowed for the import of wheat from the US by India to be tied to the program for the acquisition of South Asian materials for American libraries. An international financial trade-off of the 1950s periodically unearths treasures for Indian scholars in the US. Read more on this issue at the link provided above…

The Emergency: Constitution and Correspondence

Please follow the following link to access three new documents to the page:

-End of Tunnel (anon.)

-Essays in Honour of Nani Palkhivala (multiple authors and excerpts)

-Freedom in Peril (Acharya Kripalani)

https://publicarchives.wordpress.com/emergency/

These texts were contributed by Maya Dodd, Director of the Centre for South Asia at the Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, Pune. Maya Dodd’s PhD, ‘Archives of Democracy: Technologies of Witness in Literatures on Indian Democracy Since 1975′, among other things, dwelt on the literature produced during the Emergency of 1975 in India. Dodd revealed that the literature produced during the Emergency was easier to locate in University libraries in India that had systematically built up their collections in the 70s and 80s, than in the libraries of Delhi. In fact, texts that were sometimes unavailable in India could be traced in the library collections at the University of Chicago. All of these, she said, were stamped with the sign, PL480, Public Law 480, that allowed for the import of wheat from the US by India to be tied to the program for the acquisition of South Asian materials for American libraries. An international financial trade-off of the 1950s periodically unearths treasures for Indian scholars in the US. Read more on this issue at the link provided above…

Contributions to a researcher’s archive

As researchers you may have collected material that you’ve already consulted for research and are ready to let go of, or which is simply superfluous. Recently completed books and PhDs in particular leave interesting debris in the form of maps, scanned, photographed or photocopied material. If this could be of use to others in the field, this material could be scanned and uploaded as a collection on this blog. We cannot carry copyrighted published texts, but are flexible with regard to fragments of texts that are older, archival texts, etc. These collections are intended for groups of researchers who have an interest in a similar area. We request you to add notes and tags to the material you send us.

We will acknowledge you as the contributor of a particular collection. All material will be available to users under fair use guidelines.

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