National Archives to acquire private papers from literary figure

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New Delhi, May 16 (UNI) Private papers of Amar Kumar Jhingan, a prominent figure of Hindi literature whose collection of copies of old newspapers and literary texts are of immense heritage value, are all set to become a part of the National Archives of India.

Born at Kolkata on September 23, 1934, Mr Jhingan is greatly related to Bangiyha Hindi Parishad, a literary body.

His collection of private papers include 'Tarpatra' manuscript (in Tamil of the 15th-16th centuries); Sar Sudha Nidhi, a weekly Newspapers published from Kolkata during 1882-1887 (in Hindi 5 vols.); and stray magazines, periodicals, booklets and papers of historical and research value.

Among the treasured papers of immense importance are some copies of Abhudaya, Milap published from Lahore, Hindi Samachar Patra Suchi (1826-1925), photographs of old literary figures like late Acharya Govind Narain Ji Misra, 'Govind Nivandawali, Rashtrabhasha Sandesh' and files containing his correspondence with eminent political personalities like Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, late Chandra Shekher and Mr L K Advani.

''The collection is of historical importance and valuable and would be used by the research scholars visiting the National Archives from India and abroad,'' a Culture Ministry official said.

The official said the acquisition of these papers is part of the plan of the National Archives to acquire ''Private Papers of eminent Indian Nationals'', who have played a significant role in the history of the country.

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