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This newsletter, conceived to give a glimpse of the many and varied projects conducted by the French research centres in India, circulated for several years as a "dead-tree" newsletter, then as a large PDF file. After a pause for reflection in 2016, we have decided to relaunch it in a more convenient online format as a biannual newsletter. This issue covers the first half of 2017, with one or two allusions to significant events from just before or after this period. Click here for previous issues
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IFP publications

Avacchedakatāniruktiḥ. The Avacchedakatānirukti (of the Dīdhiti and Gādādharī) with the Subodhā commentary by N.S. Ramanuja Tatacharya
Associate Editor S. Lakshminarasimham,RSAS no 8/ Vyākhyānamālā no 2. SCSVMV University Publication Series no 38, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram, 2017, vi, 290 p.
Language: Sanskrit. 650 Rs (28 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-210-1.

The Avacchedakatānirukti, a supplement by Gadādhara Bhaṭṭācārya (circa 1604–1709) to the commentary Dīdhiti on the Tattva Cintāmaṇi written by the great philosopher Raghunātha Śiromaṇi (circa 1477–1547) read more

The Study of Stolen Love. Iṟaiyaṉār Kaḷaviyal. [rev. ed]
With Commentary by Nakkīraṉār. Translated from Tamil by David C. Buck and K. Paramasivam, RSAS no 9, Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2017, xxxv, 347 p. Language: English. 1000 Rs (43 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-216-3.
The Study of Stolen Love, with Nakkīrar’s commentary, is the earliest Tamil prose work still in existence, and its influence remains clear and strong today. The work consists of three strands: A series of ancient Tamil sutras, Nakkīrar’s explication of those sutras, and the elegantly beautiful ancient court poems he has chosen to illustrate his points. read more

IFP-CSH Co-publications

Exploring Urban Economic Resilience : The Case of A Leather Industrial Cluster in Tamil Nadu
Kamala Marius, G. Venkatasubramanian, USR 3330 "Savoirs et Mondes Indiens" Working Papers Series no 9; SUBURBIN Papers Series no 3, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Centre de Sciences Humaines, 2017, 29 p.
Language: English. (Not for sale). Available online at
Most of the clusters located in small and medium towns in India suffer from several common and well-known problems: obsolete technology, non availability of credit, marketing challenges, missing linkages between industry and other research and technical institutions, etc. read more



SEBASTIA B. (ed.), 2017. Eating Traditional Food : Politics, Identity and Practices, Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment, Routledge, 226 p., ISBN: 9781138187009. [Publisher link]


CHOUKROUNE L. (ed.), 2017. Judging the State in International Trade and Investment Law: Sovereignity Modern, the Law and the Economics, Springer, ISBN: 978-981-10-2360-6.

Book Chapters


LANDY F., 2017. Urban leopards are good cartographers: Human-nonhuman and spatial conflicts at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, In: Rademacher A., Sivaramakrishnan K. (ed), Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, p. 67-86, ISBN: 978-9888390595. [Publisher link]

SEBASTIA B., 2017. Beef is our Secret of Life: Controversial Consumption of Beef in Andhra Pradesh, India, In: Sébastia B. (ed), Eating Traditional Food: Politics, Identity and Practices, Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment, Routledge, ISBN: 9781138187009. [Publisher link]

TEIL G., 2017. Protecting Appellations of Origin: One Hundred Years of Efforts and Debates, In: Caenegem W. and Cleary J. (eds), The Importance of Place: Geographical Indications as a Tool for Local and Regional Development, Springer, p. 147-171, ISBN: 978-3-319-53073-4, [Publisher link]


GOODALL D., 2017. On Image-Installation Rites (liṅga-pratiṣṭhā) in the Early Mantramārga, In: István Keul (éd.),Consecration Rituals in South Asia, Leyde / Boston: Brill, 2017, p. 45–84.

SARMA, S.A.S., 2016. The Servitude of the Travancore Royal Family to Srîpadmanâbhasvâmin, In: Emmanuel Francis & Charlotte Schmid (éd.), The Archaeology of Bhakti II. Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti,. Pondichéry: IFP/EFEO, p. 237-256.

SARMA S.A.S., 2017. ‘Re-Installation’ of Idols Replacing Damaged Ones, with Special Reference to the Ritual Literature of Kerala, In: István Keul (éd.), Consecration Rituals in South Asia, Leyde / Boston: Brill, p. 223–240.

DAVID H., 2017. Les définitions de l’énoncé (vākya) dans la tradition sanskrite : entre grammaire et exégèse, In: Langages 205 (Avril 2017), p. 27-41.



GAUCHEREL C. and MORON V., 2017. Potential stabilizing points to mitigate tipping point interactions in Earth’s climate, International Journal of Climatology, 37 (1) : 399-408.

MATHILAKE R., ANUPAMA K., RAJAN K., PRASAD S., ORUKAIMANI G. and YATHEES KUMAR V.P., 2017. Implications of phytolith records from an Early Historic megalithic burial site at Porunthal in Southern India, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 11 : 491-506.

RÉJOU-MÉCHAIN M. and [et al.], 2017. BIOMASS : An R Package for estimating aboveground biomass and its uncertainty in tropical forests, Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

RICHARD-FERROUDJI A., 2017. Ambivalence des eaux souterraines dans le journal The Hindu: promouvoir leur préservation tout en accueillant des justifications de leur exploitation, Developement Durable et Territoires, 8 (1) : 29 p, DOI : 10.4000/developpementdurable.11526 . [Publisher link]

VAN KLINK I., RICHARD-FERROUDJI A., VENKATASUBRAMANIAN G., AUBRIOT O. and PRABHAKAR P.I., 2017. From climate change to changes in agriculture, land and water at village level: a foresight approach in India, Sciences Eaux & Territoires : La revue d'Irstea, p. 1-7, Article hors-série no. 34. [Publisher link]


ANANDAKICHENIN, S., 2016. Review of A Hundred Measures of Time: Tiruviruttam [by] Nammâlvâr by Archana Venkatesan, trans., International Journal of Hindu Studies 20, 3: 274.

ANJANEYA SARMA, S.L.P., 2016. Ekâdinavântasamkhyâvâcakânâm dvandvasamâso bhavati na vâ iti vicârah, in Vidvatpratibhâ (2015): 157-168.

SARMA, S.A.S., 2016. Trilocanasiva : A 12th-century Saiva author of Tamil Nadu, Brahmavidyâ, The Adyar Library Bulletin, Vol. 80: 141-154.

VIJAYAVENUGOPAL, G., 2016. Piramiiswaram Utaiyar temple Inscriptions, Perunagar, Āvaṇam 27: 100-126.

GOODALL D. in collaboration with Claude Jacques, 2016. Stèle inscrite d’Isanavarman II à Vat Phu : K. 1320, Aséanie 33 (2014) : 395–454.


S. S. JODHKA,Revisiting the Rural in 21st Century India. Economic and Political Weekly. Review of Rural Affairs. Vol. LI (26 & 27): 5-7. 2016.

ITHURBIDE C., 2017. Des Karkhanas aux studios des artistes contemporains. L'évolution des relations entre les artistes et les artisans dans l'art contemporain indien. Revue Asie no. 8, numéro "L'art contemporain dans le monde asiatique" CREOPS - Paris Sorbonne [Publisher link]

DESQUILBET M, DORIN B, COUVET D, 2017. Land Sharing vs Land Sparing to Conserve Biodiversity: How Agricultural Markets Make the Difference, Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 22, pp. 185-200 (doi:10.1007/s10666-016-9531-5)

DORIN B, 2017. India and Africa in the Global Agricultural System (1960-2050): Towards a New Sociotechnical Regime?, Economic & Political Weekly, June 2017.

BRUSLE T., MICHALON B., 2017, L'ethnicité, la religion et le genre dans les institutions d'enfermement : processus et effets de catégorisation, Introduction au Théme "Enfermement et catégorisation", Critique Internationale, no. 72, p.9-19