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17 juni 2008

Nepal: historische documenten Narayanhiti paleis

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Regarding the historical papers in Narayanhiti Palace

Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya archives wishes to express its concern about the security of the historical materials and papers contained in the Narayanhiti Palace in the process of transfer of ownership of the premises as the country is declared a republic by the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly. The Pustakalaya appeals to the Government of Nepal and related government agencies to actively seek the protection of those papers and materials. These rare documents are the common property of the citizens of Nepal, and should be a matter of grave interest to the government, the intelligentsia as well as researchers.

In this connection, the historian Dr. Ramesh Kumar Dhungel, affiliated to the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) and Advisor to the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya, says: "We know from the reports of Brian Houghton Hodson, the British Resident from 150 years ago, that the material of national and international cultural importance contained in the palace predates the unification of Nepal, and goes back to the Malla period. These are included in containers known as 'bada dhadda', 'lal dhadda', 'lal bakas', 'choto dhadda' and in a room known as the 'bhitri khopi'. The material has not been made available to Nepali researchers till now, other than partially to historian-laureate Baburam Acharya. These papers are of the kind which will help in the understanding the course of national history going as far back as back 2000 years, and they must be catalogued and preserved."

Member-Secretary of the Pustakalaya Kanak Mani Dixit, says: "There is a danger of the papers in Narayanhiti being transferred or lost during the process of transition, and we ask the present government, the forthcoming government, the Constituent Assembly members, political leaders and the alert citizenry be aware of the dangers. We believe that the historical documentation contained in Narayanhiti must be accessioned, catalogued, preserved and protected before being made available to the public in all transparency. For this, the responsible agencies of the state must be active, while the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya stands ready to assist in the managerial and technical aspects as required."

Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya is an archive of five decades' standing, based in Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur, which seeks to catalogue and preserve historical and contemporary materials for the sake of current use and for posterity.

Digital MPP launched
Digital MPP was launched by Kamalmani Dixit, Chairman of Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP). Digital MPP is an initiative of Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya for the preservation of its collection in digital medium to make them more accessible to the users through reading room facilities and website. In this first phase of Digital MPP, about 7,000 images are being made available. One half of the selected images come from the old and rare image collection of MPP and the other half comprises of negatives from the collection of Madanmani Dixit.

In the launching ceremony, Madan Mani Dixit, well known litterateur, photographer and journalist, and Vinaya Kumar Kasajoo, journalist and author, were honoured for their contribution to collection at MPP. Digital MPP can be visited at www.madanpuraskar.org/digitalmpp
(bron/source: persbericht Madan Puraskar, Nepal)