Archives of Contemporary India

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Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Papers (1965-2022)
Former diplomat and scholar

The papers of Chandrashekhar Dasgupta (1940-2023) have been donated by his wife Mrs. Devika Dasgupta. The collection contains handwritten notes, articles, addresses, press clippings on Indo-China relations, history of Panchsheel, Indo-Pak war (1965), Kashmir, South Asia and NATO. There are offprints of articles by various scholars on climate change and Rio conference. Besides his notes, there are photocopies of a lot of material collected from various research libraries/archives in India and abroad for his two highly acclaimed books, India and Bangladesh Liberation War and War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, 1947-48.

Roderick Lemonde MacFarquhar Papers (1960s-2018)
Scholar, poltician and journalist

The papers of Roderick L. MacFarquhar (1930-2019) contain rare research material on 20th century Chinese history in English and Mandarin. This ranges from the history of the Chinese Communist party, its party documents, the Cultural Revolution to Mao Zedong, Lin Piao, China’s relations with other countries, etc.  The collection contains pamphlets, booklets, studies, reports, correspondence and MacFarquhar’s writings including reprints of his articles published in the China Quarterly

Sai Paranjpye Papers (1960-2020)
Film director and screenwriter
Sai Paranjpye has donated a wealth of materials related to her career as a director, filmmaker, and screenwriter. There are original and handwritten drafts of film scripts, teleplays, and screenplays, both published and unpublished; synopsis and scripts of many unscreened tele series and plays; and photographs, videos, posters, and pamphlets in the collection. The papers document publicity of her movies and documentaries, interviews, production & fundraising, and work with television. Also included are press clippings, reviews, articles, research notes, catchlines for movies and correspondence. The collection is an invaluable resource for those who are particularly interested in the history of Indian cinema, film making and theatre.
Nedyam Raghavan Papers (1920-1967)
Barrister, freedom fighter and diplomat
Papers of Nedyam Raghavan (1900-1977) were acquired from his daughter Meenakshi through Prof. Shivshankar Menon. The collection contains rare photos, press clippings (1930s), INA scrap book, articles, diaries (1920-1967). The papers relate to his association with the Central Indian Association of Malaya, All Malayan National Congress, Indian Independence League, Rash Behari Bose, Subhas Chandra Bose, INA (1924- 1945), and as an Indian diplomat in Dutch Batavia, Czechoslovakia, Brussels, Bern, Peking and Paris (1947-1963).


K.S. Bajpai Papers (1946-2018)
Scholar & diplomat

The papers of K.S. Bajpai (1928-2020) have been donated by his wife Mrs. Meera Bajpai. The collection comprises notes, letters, booklets, articles and press clippings on Indo-Pak talks, Tashkent Summit (1966), and Sikkim (1970s). There are papers related to his tenure as High Commissioner to Pakistan (1976-1980), Ambassador to China (1980-1982) and to the US (1984-1986). Correspondence with national and international dignitaries forms a part of the collection. There are also post retirement papers: his stint at the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Faculty; as an Advisor at Merrill Lynch, New York; and notes/articles on Delhi Policy Group. There is a plethora of his writings, both handwritten and published on India's foreign policy. The collection is particulary informative for the research community interested in the history of international relations, diplomacy & security studies.

Sachidanand Hiranand Vatsyayan, ‘Agyaye’ Papers (1931-1987)
Hindi writer, poet and journalist

The Archives had the privilege to receive a large collection of the private papers of the famous Hindi writer, poet and journalist, Sachidanand Hiranand Vatsyayan, ‘Agyaye’ (1911-1987) from Vatsal Nidhi. The collection contains correspondence with family and friends, contemporary writers and poets, journalists, publishers and political figures. There are diaries, notebooks, drafts, manuscripts, press clippings, pamphlets/booklets, photographs and drawings. One of the free thinkers of the Hindi literary world, his papers are most significant for the study and research of trends in modern Hindi literature in the twentieth century.

Anil Dharker Papers (1989-2002)
Writer, editor and columnist

Rani Dharker has donated a valuable collection of her brother's papers. The collection consists of Anil Dharker's columns, 'Tube Watch' in the Sunday Times of India, 1994, 1999-2002, 'Sunday Review' in the Sunday Times, 1994, 1997, and 'Out of my Mind' in Mid-Day, 1989-1990. There are also some brochures of Mumbai International Literary Festival.