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About Us
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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Selected Publications
IFP Publications

L’Inde française et la Grande Guerre. French India and the Great War.
Sous la direction de Frédéric Landy ; avec les contributions de Vanessa Caru, Jacques Frémeaux, Muhammad Lutful Haq, Raphaël Malangin ; traduction vers l'anglais Maurice Shukla, Consulat Général de France à Pondichéry & IFP, 2018, 160 p., ill.
Language: French, English. 1000 Rs (20 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-229-3

In 1914, "French India" is an old colony, composed of five settlements, Pondichéry, Karikal, Mahé, Yanaon, Chandernagor, populous and active despite the smallness of its territory, and marked by a strong policy of assimilation. Far from the Metropolis, it will nevertheless supply one thousand Indian and European soldiers. Thanks to some original research in the archives, but also to the contributions of the families of the combatants, this richly illustrated book is a tribute to these too often forgotten soldiers. read more and order

EFEO/IFP Co-Publications

The Brahmayāmalatantra or Picumata. Volume I: Chapters 1–2, 39–40 & 83. Revelation, Ritual, and Material Culture in an Early Śaiva Tantra.
Shaman Hatley, IFP/EFEO/ Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg, 2018, xiv, 695 p. (CI n˚ 133; Early Tantra Series n˚ 5)
Language: Sanskrit, English. 1600 Rs (70 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-226-2 (IFP) / 978-2-85539-231-8 (EFEO).
The Brahmayāmala or Picumata is one of the earliest surviving goddess-oriented (śākta) tantras, its core probably dating back to the late seventh or early eighth century. Though long forgotten, it is thus crucial to understanding the early history of the Tantric traditions. Spanning more than twelve-thousand verses and 104 chapters, this monumental work is transmitted in a beautiful Nepalese palm-leaf manuscript of the eleventh century, which forms the principal basis for this critical edition. Complementing volume II, edited by Csaba Kiss in the same series, this volume includes the first published edition and annotated translation of five chapters of the Brahmayāmala. read more and order from IFP / read more and order from EFEO

A Grammar of Old Tamil for Students
Eva Wilden, EFEO/IFP, 2018, 226 p. + 2 folded sheets (CI n˚137; NETamil Series n˚3)
Language: English, Tamil. 650Rs (28€). ISBN: 978-81-8470-227-9 (IFP) / 978-2-85539-232-5 (EFEO)

This book presents a concise outline of the classical Tamil language for students with a focus on the literature of the first millennium, most notably that of the Caṅkam. It covers not only morphology but also syntax, an area which has long been neglected in Tamil studies. The presentation deviates from earlier works also in that the author neither describes classical Tamil through the lens of the modern language nor makes an attempt to remain faithful to the views of the traditional discipline of grammar (ilakkaṇam), but instead follows closely the usage of the Tamil texts as they were actually transmitted. read more and order from IFP / read more and order from EFEO

Pondicherry past and present. Pondichéry hier et aujourd'hui. 2nd ed. /2e éd. [CD-ROM]
Jean Deloche, IFP/EFEO, 2018. (CI n˚107)
Language: French, English. 300 Rs (14 €). ISBN:978-81-8470-154-8 (IFP)/978-2-85539-667-5(EFEO)

In this bilingual (French/English) CD-ROM, we first show Pondicherry from its origins to 1824, the dazzling expansion of this modest textile centre which became, for a short period, the capital of a potential empire in the first half of the 18th century; then, we dwell on its slow death after its destruction by the British in 1761. This development is illustrated with the magnificent watercolour plans and maps preserved in French archives. Next, we present Pondicherry from 1824 to the present day, a small colonial settlement now merged in the Indian Union; we point out the difficult stages of its rebirth, then, its slow expansion before becoming an Indian territory. This part is illustrated with old postcards and a mixture of recent and archival photographs. read more and order from IFP

Books & Special Issues of Journals


LANDY F.(ed). 2018. From Urban National Parks to Natured Cities in the Global South: The Quest for Naturbanity, Springer, Singapore, xxi, 329 p., ISBN: 978-981-10-8462-1. [Publisher link]

DEJENNE N. and TIGNOL E. (eds), 2018. Expressions de la bhakti dans les littératures indiennes. Special issue of the ArchivOrientální. Journal of African and Asian Studies. Vol. 86.2 (2018), Oriental Institute, Prague, 329 p. [Publisher link]


VIJAYAVENUGOPAL G. & RYAN J., 2018. Civakacintamani, The Hero Civakan, The Gem that fulfills all Wishes (verses1889-3145) by Tiruttakkatevar. Translation, Notes and Introduction. Fermont California: Jain Publishing Company, 545 p. [Publisher link]

Book Chapters


SEBASTIA B., 2018. We Will not Leave the Forest. We Will not Leave the Land. Internally Displaced Persons from Chhattisgarh to Khammam District: Inhuman Living Conditions in a Degraded Environment In: Briesen D. (ed.). Armed Conflict and Environment, Nomos-Verlag, Baden-Baden, pp. 195-225. [Publisher link]


SARMA, S.A.S., 2018. Vedic Ideals in Śaiva Religious Texts. In: Raveendran K. A. (ed), Reflections on Vedic Lore: New Dimensions, Malappuram, Kerala : Vallathol Vidyapeetham, pp. 159-186.

SARMA, S.A.S., 2018. Gāruḍa-Bhūta-Tantra Texts of Kerala, In: Muralidharan V. R. and Sooraj R.S. (ed.), Sanskrit and Cultural Studies: New Perspectives. Collected articles of the Three day International Seminar jointly organised by Research Forum Sahitya and Department of Sanskrit Sahitya, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. Kalady: Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, pp. 776-784.

ANJANEYA SARMA, S.L.P., 2018. Strīpratyaye cānupasarjane na iti paribhāṣāvicāraḥ, In: Radhakrishnan Namboothiri T.P. (ed.), Vidyatheertham. Chenna: Madras Sanskrit College, pp. 23-35.

ANJANEYA SARMA, S.L.P.,2018. Vede alaṃkārāḥ, tajjñānāya sāhityaśāstram avaśyam adhyeyam, A souvenir brought out to commemorate 10 years of humble services to the vedic community, Chennai: Om Charitable Trust, pp. 115-119.



AGARWAL B., DORIN B., 2019. "Group Farming in France : Why do some regions have more cooperative ventures than others?", Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, pp. 1-24 (Online First : November 12, 2018) [Publisher link]

GRAVEL N., MARCHANT T. AND SEN A., 2018. "Conditional Expected utility criteria for decision making under ignorance or objective ambiguity", Journal of Mathematical Economics, 78, p. 79-95. [Publisher link]

GRAVEL N., MAGDALOU B. AND MOYES P. 2018. "Inequality Measurement with a Continuous and Ordinal Variable", Social Choice and Welfare [Publisher link]

MARTELLI J.-T. & ARI B. 2018. "From a Radical Cohort to the Other : Surveying Political Incubation in an Indian University", India Review, Volume 17, No.3: 263-300 [Publisher link]

ROMEO-AZNAR V., PAUL R., TELLE O. AND PASCUAL M. 2018. "Mosquito-borne transmission in urban landscapes: the mission link between vector abundance and human density" The Royal Society. [Publisher link]

JODHKA S.S. 2018. "Rural Change in Times of 'Distress'. Economic and Political Weekly. Volume 53 (26-27 :5-7) [Publisher link]

AL DAHDAH M., KUMAR A., QUET M. 2018. "Empty stocks and loose paper: Governing access to medininies through informality in Northern India", International Sociology Association [Publisher link]


GOODALL, D., 2018. Rudragaṇikās: Courtesans in Śiva’s Temple? Some Hitherto Neglected Sanskrit Sources”, Cracow Indological Studies 20 (1), 91-143. [Publisher link]

SARMA, S.A.S., 2017 (appeared 2018). Support from Northern manuscripts in the editing of Śaiva Religious Texts with Special Reference to the Manuscripts of Nepal, Journal of Manuscript Studies 45 (Trivandrum: Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library), pp. 1-13.

SARMA, S.A.S., 2018. Venerating Vēṭṭaykkorumakan (Son of Śiva and Pārvatī) through Ritual Arts, Cracow Indological Studies 20 (1), pp. 223-258 [Publisher link]

ANJANEYA SARMA, S.L.P, 2018. Pāṇinīyaśāstraprakriyopayogiliṅgaṃ kim? iti mahābhāṣya-kāśikāvṛttyanusāreṇa kaścit vicāraḥ, Vidvatpratibhā, pp. 168-181.


BOSE R., RAMESH B.R., PELLISSIER R. and MUNOZ F., 2018. "Phylogenetic diversity in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot reflects environmental filtering and past niche diversification of trees", Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13464. [Publisher link]

CARU V. (eds), 2018. "Introduction: Un autre XIXe siècle, l'Inde sous domination coloniale", Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, 56: p. 7-15. [Publisher link]

FÉRET J.-B., [et al.], PROISY C. and [et al.], 2018. "Estimating leaf mass per area and equivalent water thickness based on leaf optical properties: Potential and limitations of physical modeling and machine learning", Remote Sensing of Environment. [Publisher link]

LAFAYE DE MICHEAUX F., MUKHERJEE J. and KULL C.A.., 2018. "When hydrosociality encounters sediments: Transformed lives and livelihoods in the lower basin of the Ganges River", Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 1 (4): p. 641-663. [Publisher link]

MATHEVET R. and [et al.], 2018. "A Conceptual Framework for Heuristic Progress in Exploring Management Regime Shifts in Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation of Coastal Areas", Sustainability, 10 (11): 4171, doi:10.3390/su10114171. [Publisher link]

MATHEVET R., BOUSQUET F., LARRÈRE C. and LARRÈRE R., 2018. "Environmental Stewardship and Ecological Solidarity: Rethinking Social-Ecological Interdependency and Responsibility", Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. [Publisher link]

MOHAPATRA P.P., STEPHEN A., PRASAD S., SINGH P. and ANUPAMA K.., 2018. "Late Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation changes and anthropogenic impacts in the Cauvery delta plains, southern India", Quaternary International. [Publisher link]