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One needs to remember that most of these are public documents in state institutions which are, Uk order stromectol, in principle, open to all. Of course access is always negotiated, stromectol cheap. One can do much through the recommendations of high-level bureaucrats, Buy stromectol usa, and the good-will of your average clerk, and I know many American scholars who have learned the ways of the system and taught me very much when I met them in the field in India or on campus here in America. One the other hand, uk stromectol, I have had severe arguments with American scholars of South Asia who have seriously contended with me that one cannot access archives and other materials without a research visa.

This is simply wrong, and the perception this generates must be condemned, stromectol online. Ivermectin canada, These same elite institutions in the U.S. play a role in mediating access to state collections in India, and setting standards for research practice globally, buy cheap generic stromectol. Some of the most important collections for doing research on Indian history are located in the U.S. Cheap stromectol usa, and the U.K. Stromectol online, In most cases the fruits of our research work, while sponsored and supported by public institutions in India and the U.S., is privately published, stored and circulated in closed archives and university libraries to which the wider public in India or America has only limited access.

The scholars themselves are trapped inside this system, and gain very little from subjecting themselves to it, ivermectin tablets. I have seen many dear friends and colleagues humiliated by the registrations, Stromectol usa, inspections, and process of seeking approvals to which research visa holders must undergo. It is degrading once you are in India, stromectol buy. But these Fulbrighters were kept waiting for all this time and finally rejected. How many liberals amongst us would seriously submit such sensitive project ideas if they knew that the police intelligence is opening a file on them, which is tied to their conditions of stay in the country, and which will haunt them for the rest of their careers as scholars of South Asia, whether their nationality is Indian or American. The whole idea of dragging oneself through this bureaucratic-police state in India is absurd if it can be avoided.

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