Context: Delhi government launched the ‘Oral History Programme’ at the India International Centre on Monday (5/08/2019) . An MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between Delhi Archives department and the Ambedkar University (AUD).
- It was in the ‘80s that the Delhi Archives department first began an oral history project by interviewing 56 personalities about the city, its history and changing nature.
- From politician Gulzari Lal Nanda, who served as the acting Prime Minister twice in the ‘60s, to Sushila Nayar, a close aide of Mahatma Gandhi the interviews, stored in audio cassettes, detail their memories of Delhi.
- However, this project was stopped due to lack of resources and manpower.
- Now, the Delhi govt, is trying to revive the project and they are planning to add 100 more interviews.
- Unlike “written history,” oral history empowers the voiceless.
- “An illiterate person cannot write down what s/he knows but s/he can tell that story and that needs to be recorded.”