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Hamari Bhasha, Hamari Virasat : International Archives Day

Hamari Bhasha, Hamari Virasat:

The Ministry of State for Culture inaugurated the exhibition “Hamari Bhasha, Hamari Virasat ” under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) at the National Archives of India in New Delhi, commemorating the 75th International Archives Day.

  • The exhibition aims to celebrate India’s linguistic diversity, highlighting its status as one of the most linguistically diverse countries globally, with approximately 788 languages spoken.
  • India is thus one of the four most linguistically diversified countries in the world, along with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Nigeria.
  • The exhibition features a variety of original manuscripts, including the ancient Gilgit Manuscripts written between the 5th -6th centuries CE, which is the oldest surviving manuscript collection in India, Tattvartha Sutra (Ancient Jain Text), Ramayana, and Srimad Bhagwad Gita, among others.
  • The National Archives of India has made over 72,000 manuscripts available, both physically and through digitization, ensuring their accessibility to people worldwide.

International Archives Day :

  • It is a day of celebration and awareness of the importance and value of archives and archivists.
  • It is celebrated on June 9 every year, since 2008, to commemorate the date when the International Council on Archives (ICA) was created under the auspices of UNESCO in 1948.