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About Pattrika
This biannual newsletter is conceived to give a glimpse of the many and varied projects conducted by the French research centres in India.This third issue in the new online format covers the first half of 2018. Click here for previous issues
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Our three research institutions have the privilege to observe India and, more generally, the Indian subcontinent at a fascinating moment of the human history. Rarely in effect has the human species been experiencing changes in the daily existence of its members at such a pace. Economic growth is vigorous worldwide, for the better, and for the worse.

The bright side of this growth is clear enough. Millions of humans are taken out of dire poverty - the worst form of oppression according to Gandhi, - every year. Hundreds of millions of individuals travel, get easy access to information and entertainment through internet and electronic interconnections. read more

It would be difficult to exaggerate the influence of Kālidāsa's great epic, the Raghuvaṃśa: from the seventh century onwards, uncountable echoes of it are found both across the Indian subcontinent and in the political poetry of the inscriptions of all of Southeast Asia. And it is clear from the many thousands of pre-modern manuscripts that survive that it was widely used as a schoolroom book for teaching good style to generations of students.

Nonetheless, most editions give the text of the poem in the form in which it circulated in South India in the fifteenth century, a form that had evolved over a thousand years of transmission. read more

Modern economic growth frames a long-term incidental future for agriculture: people move from agricultural to non-agricultural occupations, farm labour productivity increases with the use of modern industrial technology and, over time, the large initial agricultural wage gap vanishes when the share of agriculture in both total employment and value added is 3%. This was the scenario in OECD countries. However, in large parts of the developing world, especially in India, we observe an increase in the agricultural labour force and a rise in the wage gap. We examine parameters that prevent countries from moving along the OECD path and show how land squeeze, rather than barriers to modern technology, drive growing divergences within and between countries. read more

Past Events
The INQUA-HaBCom (International Union for Quaternary Research - Humans and the Biosphere Commission) Workshop-cum-Training Programme was organized by the IFP from 29th January to 4th February 2018 in the framework of the ongoing project "Enhancing quantitative reconstruction skills in South Asian Palynology and Paleoecology". The larger aim of the project is to try and create a South Asian pollen database and to equip palynologists here with the tools necessary to reconstruct past (anthropogenic) land cover quantitatively. read more

Forthcoming Events

This page presents the agenda of the forthcoming activities and events organised by the IFP, the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO and the CSH. Click to view Agenda


S. Saravanan SUNDARAMOORTHY, joined the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO on 1 June 2018 as a researcher of the NETamil project to work on a multiple-text manuscript of the Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur. The manuscript contains a dozen grammatical texts and an epic text. read more


Suganya ANANDAKICHENIN,post-doctoral research scholar since September 2014 in the field of Vaishnava studies, within the framework of the NETamil Project, leaves the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO this summer after almost four years to join the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg. Shortly before she left, she was able to see her book on Kulacēkara Āḻvār’s Tamil poetry through the press (see publications). read more

Dr. Bruno DORIN, CSH head research of the Economics & Development research area, received the very prestigious title of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite Agricole (Chevalier of the French National Order of Merit). The title rewards the long-term research work of Dr. Bruno Dorin, who always dedicates himself to answering and improving crucial agriculture issues, all with exemplary humanism! read more

Jain Sites of Tamil Nadu [interactive DVD]
by Nalini Balbir, Karine Ladrech, N. Murugesan, K. Rameshkumar, IFP, 2018 (RSAS n˚ 12)
Language: English. 400 Rs (18 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-223-1 (IFP)

The Jain presence in the Tamil country has passed on a rich cultural heritage. This DVD-ROM is a pioneering attempt to document all Jain sites of Tamil Nadu through a compilation of photographs, historical text and maps, readable from a computer. It presents about 400 sites with Jain vestiges: temples, cave-temples, rock shelters, loose sculptures and inscriptions. read more
Prof. Himanshu (Jawaharlal Nehru University) has been collaborating with CSH on various project since several years. The centre is delighted to announce the publication of the India Equality Report 2018 by Oxfam India. This report presents the results of a hitherto unseen research project by Himanshu and highlights crucial social issues in India. read more