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Liberalization of access policy and changing trends of research in the National Archives of India, 1947-2007

Comma (2013), 2013, (2), 103–120.

Abstract

The Imperial Records Department was established in 1891 and was the basis of the Indian National Archives on Indian independence in 1947. From the start it opened the archives to researchers, though with restrictions on access; these were gradually liberalized in the decades following Partition. At the same time, the types of historical research carried out were constrained by the post-Partition political and social situation; research into political history, for example, was also influenced by access rules. Using the internal records of the NAI to analyze the profile of researchers and their research, the effect on historical research trends of access changes, Government policy and economic development priorities, and social changes, are discussed.

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Ravindran, Jayaprabha