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First Urdu Diwan of North India to be published soon

Rare manuscripts in languages like Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and Dravidian are to be published soon. In this regard, the first Urdu Diwan of Northern India “Diwanzada” composed by Shah Hatim in 18 the century “Chahar Gulsan” in Persian is expected to be published by April.

So far, 20,44,000 (more than 2 million) rare manuscripts have already been published. Dipti Triphati, Director, National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM), said, “The publication of unpublished manuscripts has been taken up recently. The goal is to publish 50 manuscripts in the current fiscal.”

Till date, 45,863 manuscripts have been digitised. The mission under the supervision of the Culture Ministry was launched by Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003 to survey, identify, collect, copy, catalogue and publish manuscripts that are lying scattered all across India.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 22

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