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India Shining was the political slogan of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the 2004 national election. While the slogan then described a country that was growing in real terms at 7.5% a year, it did not prevent the BJP from losing the election against the Congress Party. Fifteen years later, we have just seen the exact opposite. India's shine has faded substantially. According to some estimates, the 6.7% nominal growth rate observed in the country in 2019 has been the lowest since 1978, and the 4.9% real growth rate has been the lowest since the global economic downturn of 2008. Nonetheless, in spite of being in power since 2014, the BJP government won one of the most resounding electoral victories ever observed in post-independence India. Hence, while India does not seem to be shining any more, it remains as incredible as ever! Read more


Sthalapurāṇas: the Wonders of South Indian Hagiotopography (EFEO)
At the instigation of Ute Hüsken and Jonas Buchholz, both from the University of Heidelberg, efforts are underway to prepare a reading workshop about Temple Networks in South India within the framework of the project “Temple Networks in Early Modern South India” Read more

Memories of Change (project and exhibition) (CSH)
The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), in collaboration with ICAS:MP, the CNRS 80 and the French Institute in India (IFI) presented the first retrospective on the legacies of campus-based politics in contemporary India. Memories of Change, curated by Jean-Thomas Martelli Read more

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry. 5th edition. Theme: Heritage, communities, sustainability (IFP)
The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP) is a multi-year programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social science research. Read more


Access to educational opportunity in the twenty-first century: An account of Indian children (CSH) Read more

Heavy metals in South Indian traditional medicines: Detoxification by plants used in the Siddha tradition (IFP) Read more

In Praise of Tiruttani (EFEO) Read more

The ALTER (Alter Systèmes: altérations, alternatives et altérités de la mine urbaine) project (CSH) Read more

Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development in Asia: Governance and Societies Confronted with Environmental Challenges (SustainAsia) (IFP) Read more

The IndiaMilk project and its final seminar (IIC, Delhi, 17-18/12/2020) (CSH) Read more

Digitization and Society in Asia and Africa (CSH) Read more

Past Events

At the EFEO...

Valérie Gillet and Coline Lefrancq (Dharma Project, ERC 809994) organised a workshop for training students for field-work in the disciplines of archaeology, epigraphy and history. Read more

At the IFP...

Last 10-11 October 2019, the French Institute of Pondicherry played a central role in the organisation of the international conference Political Ecology in Asia 2019: Plural Knowledge and Contested Development in a More-Than-Human World Read more

At the CSH...

This workshop, curated by Surinder Jodhka (JNU/CSH), Julien Leveque (CSH) and Jean-Thomas-Martelli (CSH), aimed to examine the role of caste associations as intermediaries in the political process and in broader socio-economic transformations in India. 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


At the EFEO...

Manasicha AKEPIYAPORNCHAI (Cornell University) received a grant from the Anandamahidol Foundation under the Royal Patronage to spend eight months (August 2019 to March 2020) at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO to work on her dissertation Read more

At the CSH...

Bina AGARWAL, joined the CSH as an associate researcher. She is a renowned development economist, who also deals with issues of gender, and teaches part time at the University of Manchester. Read more

At the IFP...

Michael Adrian COLLINS, PhD from the University of Göttingen, joined the Indology department as a researcher on 16th July 2019. He will be working on a project titled "Making Democracy Work: Perspectives & Procedures". Read more


At the CSH...

Bina AGARWAL, joined the CSH as an associate researcher. She is a renowned development economist, who also deals with issues of gender, and teaches part time at the University of Manchester. Read more

At the EFEO...

A. MARK, who worked at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO as a peon since September 1973, retired on 31 October 2019 after completing 46 years of service. Read more

At the IFP...

Mr. Didier LEMOINE, Secretary-General at the IFP, left the Institute in August 2019 after 4 years of service. He has now moved to Laos as General Accountant of the Institut Français there. Read more


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jean DELOCHE, which occurred on December 3, 2019 in Pondicherry. Born on 19 September 1929 in Grand-Bornand (Haute Savoie), he had recently celebrated his 90th birthday Read more


Is the preference of the majority representative?
By Mihir Bhattacharya and Nicolas Gravel, CSH-IFP Working Papers ; 12, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Centre de Sciences Humaines, Pondicherry / New Delhi, 26 p.
Language: English.(Not for sale). Available online at

Given a profile of preferences on a set of alternatives, a majority relation is a complete binary relation that agrees with the strict preference of a strict majority of these preferences whenever such strict strict majority is observed. We show that a majority binary relation is, among all conceivable binary relations, the most representative of the profile of preferences from which it emanates. We define "the most representative" to mean "the closest in the aggregate". This requires a definition of what it means for a pair of preferences to be closer to each other then another. read more



On 5 October 2019, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma was awarded a gold medal sponsored by the Shree Kaliyat Parameswarabharati Smaraka Shastra Samrakshini Samstha, in recognition of his contribution towards the promotion of Sanskrit sastras. Read more


On 12th July 2019, R. Narenthiran successfully defended his PhD thesis titled Problems and perspectives in cataloguing and digitization of multilingual, multi-script manuscript libraries in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry : a study Read more


In order to foster awareness on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value, the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and the Department of Tourism, Puducherry jointly organised a Photo Exhibition from September 27-29, 2019, on the occasion of World Tourism Day. The exhibition was held at the Puducherry Art and Craft Village as well as at the IFP. read more