Indian-origin historian Arun Kumar

Born and brought up in UP’s Kalyanpur, Arun Kumar had always felt the paucity of good books and libraries when it came to his quest for knowledge. Now, a historian at University of Nottingham, Kumar has set up The Rural Development Library in his hometown; it is the one of the first privately owned village libraries and offers residents access to a plethora of books across subjects.

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