A film about the secretarial work of the National Archives of India, published by the Rajya Sabha’s Rules Committee on Monday, has gone viral on social media.
The film, entitled Secretariat, is based on a book by journalist Ramchandra Kannan, and was co-produced by P. S. Ramachandran, director of The Rajyaasat and P.S. Bhardwaj, a former president of the Rajasthan Archives Board.
“The film is an important story for India, as the film depicts a process of corruption in the Archives and its impact on the society.
The story is a tale of a man who was a janak who was the custodian of archives.
The director of the film, P. Satyam, is a graduate of Harvard University, and he had a very distinguished career,” said Bhardwalaj.
“There is a story about the corruption that the Archives have to go through and the fact that it is a very well-known institution,” he added.
Satyan, who is the chairman of the Rules Committee, had written the book after his retirement from the archives board in 2005.
He had also written about corruption in Rajasthani and Pashtun archives in the book The Truth and the Lie of Rajasthal, released in 2016.
Satya was then president of archives board.
“Satya had to write this book after retiring from the Archives board, which is a good thing.
He wrote it in 2009 and in 2015 he was inducted into the Rajastan Samiti, the governing body of the Archives Board, which he helped set up,” Bhardwaaj said.
“Now, the film will be released in the same way.
He has a long and successful career and has written a book about the process of the archives,” he said.
Ramchanda Kannant, who wrote the book, said that Satyan’s story was a very interesting one.
“His story was very interesting because the Archives were very poor at dealing with the documents and there was no information about the documents that were being handled.
We wanted to understand how the documents are managed in the archives and how it is done,” he told NDTV.
The documentary also exposes how the Archives is not accountable to the people, but only to the government, and the former custodian, Ramakrishna Kannani, was a member of the board.
Satayam said that he felt the film had a lot of potential for educating people.
“We were not able to do this project without any funds, and we did not have access to film cameras or equipment,” he claimed.
Satye’s documentary is a must-see for all those interested in the history of the archive.
“A film like this is an attempt to change the way we see our history,” he stated.
“I am hopeful that the film can also inspire people to understand the archives.
It’s important that we are not complacent with the work of this institution.
The Archives work is so important for India,” he concluded.