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A library that survived the partition

DNMUM394428 | 8/13/2017 | Author : Gargi Gupta | WC :889

Admist the mayhem of the Partition, arose a little known story of a reservoir of rare, ancient books and manuscripts - quietly moved from Pakistan to India. Gargi Gupta visits the library in Hoshiarpur
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The Partition was not just the division of territory between two nations, or the exchange of people, marked by carnage and mayhem. It was also the division of artefacts of cultural importance, a division that was no less dramatic than the first — as this story about a little-known repository of ancient manuscripts at the Vishveshvarand Vedic Research Library (VVRI) testifies.
VVRI today is housed in a row of musty old structures on the outskirts of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, but before 1947, it used to be located at the DAV College in Lahore. Over the years, DAV College, under its first principal Mahatma Hasraj, had emerged as an important centre for Vedic studies. A group of scholars here, under the leadership of Acharya Vi
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