Indian Libraries struggle to preserve books

The Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal has 20,000 rare manuscripts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, hundreds of miniature paintings, maps, 25,000 texts, 35,000 documents in Farsi and Modi scripts and numerous documents from the Peshwa era.

What the institute does not have is funds to preserve the rare treasure for posterity by micro-filming or digitising them, a standard practice the world-over.

The state of affairs at the mandal, established in 1917, is similar to that at the 182-year-old Deccan college and many other institutions housing valuable manuscripts, paintings, books and ancient artefacts.

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