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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 decided to relaunch it in a more convenient online format as a biannual newsletter. This second issue in the new format covers the second half of 2017, with one or two allusions to significant events from just outside this period. Click here for previous issues
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Editorial
At the time of writing, Bonjour India is in full swing. Between November 2017 and February 2018, over 300 events are being held in 30 cities across India. Our three institutions are involved, since scientific activities are also being showcased.

As far as the IFP is concerned, the workshop Water availability (Nov.20-21, IISc, Bengaluru) revived the Indo-French Water Network, while another workshop, Sustain Indian mangroves! (Jan.19-20, Kolkata) brought together various national and international stakeholders and experts to discuss and analyse this endangered ecosystem with the aim of defining recommendations for research and action. read more

Focus
Mosquito-borne diseases rising in Asia is a true critical issue. Centre de Sciences Humaines is glad to collaborate with the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Center for Policy Research and the Institut Pasteur on a Public Health project which looks for long-term solutions to slow epidemics. Supervised by Olivier Telle (CNRS researcher and Head Researcher at CSH), this project aims to better control emerging infectious diseases in urban areas. The project's joint team works on developing on-site innovative tools to control the emergence of Aedes Aegipty mosquito that is the main vector for dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses. read more

Research
As part of my postdoctoral research project at the EFEO, I am interested in guardian deities, known as kaval teyvam in Tamil Nadu. These deities are usually worshipped in shrines situated on the edge of the village, or sometimes in a "sacred grove", away from the settlement. The most famous guardian deity is probably Ayyanar: his main role is to protect the village and its surrounding area, notably from demons and evil spirits, and to guard the irrigation tank. Helpers, such as Karuppuccami or Maturai Viran, usually surround Ayyanar to assist him. Guardian deities are ambiguous in nature: they are both protective and fierce. To please and to appease them, devotees make offerings. While Ayyanar receives only vegetarian ones, cockerels and billy-goats may be sacrificed for his associates. read more

Events
From 31st July to 7th August, the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO hosted a conference called From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal. The conference was organised by Arlo Griffiths within the framework of the collaborative research project “From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal as witnessed by inscriptions from Andhra Pradesh and Myanmar”. The project, centered around epigraphic evidence, has been carried out over the years 2015–2017 by an international team of scholars and coordinated by the EFEO. Twenty-seven specialists in Indian and Burmese antiquity spent four days together to present pluri-disciplinary research on inscriptions from the first millennium in the Andhra region in India and on the Pyu sites in Burma. read more

Welcome
Fahad RIAZ, who holds and Engineering Degree from ENSEA Cergy (École Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications), joined CSH on September 3, 2018 for an International Voluntary mission of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is the part-time IT administrator of both IFI and CSH, where he manages the maintenance of networks/servers, IT needs of researchers and website administration. read more

Goodbye
Sanjeev ROUTRAY, Urban Studies Foundation postdoctoral fellow, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University (Boston, USA), stayed one year at CSH as visiting postdoctoral researcher. He left in September 2017. read more

Congrats
D. BALASUBRAMANIAN , research engineer at the GeoSMIT Department of the IFP (formerly known as LIAG), successfully defended his PhD thesis on the "Democratic practices in technology and developing societies" from the Department of Anthropology, University of Madras, Chennai on October 23, 2017. read more

Publications
Gôpalla Grâmam ou le village de Gôpallam (édition bilingue tamoul-français / Tamil-French bilingual edition)
Récit traduit du tamoul et présenté par Elisabeth Sethupathy, RSAS no. 10, Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2017, 267 p.
Language: Tamil, French. 650 Rs (28 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-217-0.
This multifaceted novel projects us into a village in Tamil Nadu which is believed to have been established by Telugu people, who like many others centuries ago, left Andhra and its turmoil to settle in the peaceful environment of southern Tamil Nadu. Belonging himself to such a village, Ki. Rajanarayanan, a gifted story-teller, succeeds in giving us an authentic view of rural Indian life in all its depth and moving humanity. read more