IFP Editions


Native Bees and Pollination in the Puducherry Bioregion. Written & Edited by Ammel Sharon ; Project & Scientific Coordination K. Anupama & H. Guétat-Bernard ; Inputs Ecology S. Prasad, J. Lazar, A. Indhu ; Social Science Amuthavalluvan V. & F. Landy ; Geomatics Narpavi, S. & J. Andrieu ; Economics N. Gallai ; Illustrator Kiran Joan ; Book Design Gopinath Sricandane, Science&Society n˚1, Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2022, 55 p. With IFI’s Bureau du Livre support. In English, Tamil version under preparation.

This book is about the relationships between pollinators, flowers and agriculture in Puducherry, and how they sustain the incredible biodiversity of our region. It introduces the Puducherry bioregion, explains pollination, the native honeybees and other pollinators, the variety of hives and the links between humans and bees. We discuss benefits for farmers, how we can help pollinators and revive beekeeping using low cost, low maintenance clay pot-hives. It is based on ongoing interdisciplinary research, presented in a simple way using images and illustrations to reach anyone who wants to know about the role of these tiny creatures in a fast-urbanizing world.

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The Keerai Project : Leafy Greens in the Food Culture of Puducherry and its Bioregion. By Hélène Guétat-Bernard, Brigitte Sébastia & Balachandran Natesan ; Co-Authored, Designed and Illustrated by Thaniya Kanaka Mahalakshmi S, Science&Society n˚2, Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2022, 74 p. With IFI’s Bureau du Livre and Nabard bank support. In English, Tamil version under preparation.

The consumption of leafy vegetables is an integral part of the dietary practices of southern India. This book reports on the place of these vegetables in the daily and seasonal diet of urban and rural families in the territory of Puducherry. Collected by women or produced by small farmers, leafy greens play a major role in the diversity and quality of the food. Their consumption is linked with women’s knowledge of plants and their virtues, a knowledge which is shared regardless of caste, religion or social class. On the other hand, it is often neglected by the younger generations. Botanical recognition sheets of many keerai provided in the index of the book have been designed to allow a (re)appropriation of this knowledge.

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IFP/EFEO Editions


The Amṛtasiddhi and Amṛtasiddhimūla. The Earliest Texts of the Haṭhayoga Tradition. Critically edited and translated by James Mallinson and Péter-Dániel Szántó, Collection Indologie n˚ 150, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2021, 203 p.

Language: Sanskrit, English. 500 Rs (19 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-242-2 (IFP) / 978-2-85539-245-5 (EFEO)

This book introduces, edits, and translates the two earliest texts of the hathayoga tradition, the Amrtasiddhi and the *Amrtasiddhimula (which survives only in Tibetan translation). Basing their study on a bilingual manuscript, an extremely rare phenomenon, the authors argue that the origins of hathayoga are found in an eclectic tantric Buddhist milieu, probably active in the second half of the 11th century CE. The texts provide fundamental and later very influential teachings on the nature of the yogic body, psycho-physical practices centred on manipulating bindu, the types of practitioners, and much more. The book is addressed primarily to scholars, but will also be of interest to students and practitioners of yoga.

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Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntabhūṣaṇam. The Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntabhūṣaṇa of Kauṇḍabhaṭṭa with the Nirañjanī commentary by Ramyatna Shukla and Prakāśa explanatory notes by K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu. Part IV (from Śaktinirṇaya to Sphoṭavāda). Critically edited by K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu, Collection Indolgie n˚151 / Shree Somnath Sanskrit University Shastra Grantha series n˚ 8, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Shree Somnath Sanskrit University / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2022, xxxv, xxxv, 829 p.

Language: Sanskrit, English. 2000 Rs (64 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-243-9 (IFP) / 978-93-83097-49-4 (SSSU) / 978-2-85539-258-5 (EFEO)

The Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntabhūṣaṇa, also known as the Vaiyākaraṇabhūṣaṇa, is a commentary on the great 17th-century grammarian Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita’s Vaiyākaraṇamatonmajjana, written by Bhaṭṭọji’s nephew Kauṇḍabhaṭṭa. It is one of the most important texts of the late Pāṇinian grammatical tradition on questions of semantics. The main intention of Kauṇḍabhaṭṭa’s commentary is to refute objections raised by proponents of the two rival systems of Logic (Nyāya) and Exegesis (Mīmāṃsā) on various aspects of semantics, and to establish the Grammarians’ views on these subjects. The Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntabhūṣaṇasāra, an abridged version of the Vaiyākaraṇabhūṣaṇa by the same author, is a popular work that was commented upon more than ten times. On the other hand, nobody so far has attempted to write a commentary on the Vaiyākaraṇabhūṣaṇa itself. The present work contains the Vaiyākaraṇabhūṣaṇa along with a commentary called Nirañjanī by Pandit Ramyatna Shukla and explanatory notes (Prakāśa) by the editor. This fourth and last part of the work discusses specific issues of semantics: the expressive power (śakti) of words, the meaning of negation, particles, abstract suffixes, etc. It also contains an extensive discussion of the philosophical concept of sphoṭa, one of the most fundamental notions introduced by the Pāṇinian tradition to account for the understanding of expressive units as undivided wholes.

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Mélanges à la mémoire de Pandit N. R. Bhatt / Studies in Memory of Pandit N. R. Bhatt. Edited by Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat, Dominic Goodall, Peter Pasedach, Collection Indolgie n˚152, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2022, xxiv, 497 p.

Language: English, French. 1200 Rs (40 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-244-6 (IFP) / 978-2-85539-246-2 (EFEO)

This collection of essays honours the memory of the late Pandit N.R. Bhatt, who contributed to pioneering research into the history of Śaivism in the French institutions of research in Pondicherry, notably through his editions of Sanskrit works of the Śaivasiddhānta and through his work of gathering the largest collection of Śaiva manuscripts worldwide, recognised as a Memory of the World collection by UNESCO in 2005. After a preface about N.R. Bhatt’s life and a bibliography of his œuvre, sixteen contributions by colleagues and disciples cover aspects of the history of tantrism, of Śaiva ritual and doctrine. Two more articles deal with iconography and one last contribution publishes an eighteenth-century account of the siege of Pondicherry in 1778.

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The East Mebon Stele Inscription from Angkor (K. 528). A Sanskrit Eulogy of the tenth-century Khmer Sovereign Rājendravarman. [By] Dominic Goodall, Collection Indologie n˚154, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2022, 331 p.

Language: English, Sanskrit. 900 Rs (30 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-246-0 (IFP); 978-2-85539-260-8 (EFEO)

The epigraphy of the ancient Khmer kingdom centred in what is today Cambodia comprises about 1500 inscriptions written in Sanskrit or Old Khmer or both between the sixth and the fourteenth centuries CE. Remarkable as much for their graceful calligraphy and layout as for their elegance and erudite sophistication, these extraordinary documents have hitherto primarily been mined for historical data rather than savoured for their poetry. The present volume contains a substantially improved edition and annotated English translation of the second longest Sanskrit inscription of the Khmer-speaking region, a stela that records the creation of a five-towered temple dedicated to Śiva by the tenth-century Khmer ruler Rājendravarman. For the benefit of enthusiasts of kāvya, the text is given also in Devanāgarī.

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Books (Other Editions)


AL DAHDAH M., 2022. Mobile (for) development: when digital giants take care of poor women, Cambridge elements. Global development studies, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 80 p., ISBN: 978-1-009-20242-8 (pbk), DOI: 10.1017/9781009202398.

SENTHIL BABU D., 2022. Mathematics and society : numbers and measures in early modern South India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, xix, 354 p., ISBN: 9788194831600.


NACHIMUTHU, K., and H. BALASUBRAMANIAM, Tolkāppiyam Text, Transliteration and Translation in Hindi, Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Chennai 2021, 1165 pages.

SATHYANARAYANAN, R., and Śivaśrī M.N. Kalyanasundara Sivachariyar, 2022, Kāmikāgama Jñānapāda (Part I), Vedagama Academy, Tiruccirappalli, 90 p.


Jodhka, Surinder S. 2022. Agrarian Change in India. Ed. Hyderabad, Orient Blackswan

Chapters in books


Paul, Richard E., Olivier Telle, and Samuel Benkimoun. 2022. “Integrating Social Sciences to Mitigate Against Covid”. Pp. 47–71 in Socio-Life Science and the COVID-19 Outbreak. Public Health and Public Policy, Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific, edited by M. Yano, F. Matsuda, A. Sakuntabhai, and S. Hirota. Springer Singapour.


AL DAHDAH M., FERRY M., GUÉRIN I., VENKATASUBRAMANIAN G., 2022. India in COVID-19: A Tragedy Foretold. Columbia University Press. In: The Long Year: A 2020 Reader, ISBN: 9780231204538

GANESAN T., 2022. Mokṣa and its means in Śaivasiddhānta, In: Jha P. (ed.). Tattvabodha : essays from the lecture series of the National Mission for Manuscripts. Vol VIII, National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi, pp. 151-168, ISBN: 978-81-904029-4-3.

GOREAU-PONCEAUD A., LANG, N., 2022. Le festival de Ganesh à Paris: cohabitations, négociations et controverses. In: Dejean F. and A. Germain (ed.) Se faire une place dans la cité. La participation des groupes religieux à la vie urbaine, Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, pp. 147-160, ISBN: 978-2-7606-4549-3.


DAVID, Hugo, 2021. “Action Theory and Scriptural Exegesis in Early Advaita-Vedānta (3): Maṇḍana Miśra on Ontology, Time and Commandment.” In: V. Eltschinger, B. Kellner, E. Mills & I. Ratié (eds.), A Road Less Traveled. Felicitation Volume in Honor of John Taber, Vienna, Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2021 (Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde), pp. 37-94.

GOODALL, Dominic, 2022. “On mantrasaṃhitā, śivaikadaśikā and related expressions: A note on awareness of mantras of the Mantramārga in the Śivadharma corpus" In: Florinda Simini and Csaba Kiss (eds.), Śivadharmāmṛta. Essays on the Śivadharma and its Network, Studies on the History of Śaivism II. Napoli: UniorPress, 2021, pp. 61-71.

NACHIMUTHU, Krishnaswamy, 2022. “An enquiry into the authorship of the Tamil Civatarumōttaram and its commentary.” In: Florinda Simini and Csaba Kiss (eds.), Śivadharmāmṛta. Essays on the Śivadharma and its Network, Studies on the History of Śaivism II. Napoli: UniorPress, 2021, pp.145-182.

SARMA, S. A. S. , 2022. “Śaivism as Described in the Śivopaniṣad of Śivadharma Corpus.” In: K. A. Ravindran (ed.), Śritisamīkṣā: Studies on Upavedas and Upaniṣads, Vallathol Vidyapeetham, Malappuram (Kerala), pp. 57-69.

Selection of Articles


GOODALL, Dominic & Nicolas REVIRE, 2022. East and West — New Inscriptions from Funan, Zhenla and Dvāravatī, Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient 107 (2021), 257–301.

NACHIMUTHU, Krishnaswamy, 2022. Tamilar Pulamai Marapin Erramum Irakkamum (The High and Low in Tamil Scholarship), Talam-A Journal on Art and Literature, N° 23 April-June 2022, 27–31.


JODHKA, Surinder S. 2022. “Political and Electoral Dynamics in Punjab”. Economic and Political Weekly, 57(8): 19-21

GUILMOTO, Christophe. Z (2022). “An alternative estimation of the death toll of the Covid-19 pandemic in India". PloS one, 17(2), e0263187

HIMANSHU (2022), “Do We Know What Has Happened to Poverty since 2011-12?", The India Forum,

MARTELLI, Jean-Thomas, Garalytė, Kristina Noûs, Camille. 2021. ‘Les Campus Comme Bastions d’opposition Contre La Communalisation de l’Inde : Deux Cas d’étude à New Delhi:’ Sociétés Contemporaines N° 121(1):171–83. doi: 10.3917/soco.121.0171.

SARCAR, Aprajita. 2022. "A Demographer’s Urban Village: Testing Demographic Transition Theory in Delhi, 1950–1970." Journal of Historical Geography, 76: 56-67. ISSN 03057488.


AL DAHDAH M. and MISHRA R.K., 2022. Digital health for all: The turn to digitized healthcare in India, Social Science & Medicine,

AYYAPPAN N., 2022. Remote sensing based characterisation of community level phenological variations in a regional forest landscape of Western Ghats, India, Geocarto International, DOI: 10.1080/10106049.2022.2112304.

BABU G., 2022. Marking and Beautification in 'Palavagada-shastra -thirattu' Palm leaf Manuscripts (பலவாகடசாஸ்திரத்திரட்டுசுவடியில்குறியிடுதலும்அழகுபடுத்தலும்), Āvaṇam, Journal of Archaeological Society, 31: 239-243.

BANSAL M., [et al.]., RAMESH B.R. and [et al.]. 2022. Southeast Asian Dipterocarp origin and diversification driven by Africa-India floristic interchange, Science, 375 (6579): 455-460, DOI : 10.1126/science.abk2177.

BUREAU-POINT E., BARTHÉLÉMY C., DEMEULENAERE E., DOUDOU D. and THIVET D., 2021. Les mondes agricoles face au problème des pesticides. Compromis, ajustements et négociations. Introduction au dossier, VertigO : La Revue Électronique en Sciences de l'Environnement, 21 (3).

GANESAN T., 2022. The Śivadharma corpus : unpublished texts on early Śaivism, The Adyar Library Bulletin, 86: 105-136.

GHOSH S., PROISY C., MUTHUSANKAR G., [et al.]., MATHEVET R., ANDRIEU J., BALACHANDRAN N. and NARENDRAN R., 2022. Multiscale Diagnosis of Mangrove Status in Data-Poor Context Using Very High Spatial Resolution Satellite Images: A Case Study in Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, Tamil Nadu, India, Remote Sensing, 14: 2317, DOI:

GUÉRIN I., MICHIELS S., NATAL A., NORDMAN C.J. and VENKATASUBRAMANIAN G., 2022. Surviving Debt and Survival Debt in Times of Lockdown, Economic & Political Weekly, 57 (1): 41-49.

GUÉTAT- BERNARD H. and SÉBASTIA B., 2022. Cuisiner les kīrai (légumes feuilles) et soigner les corps : Compétences, savoirs et pratiques des cuisinières à Pondichéry, Inde du sud, Anthropology of food. Special issue on "Genre et alimentation à l’épreuve de la vie urbaine en Afrique, Amérique latine Asie": 15 p.

NORDMAN C.J., SHARMA S. and SUNDER N., 2022, Here Comes the Rain Again: Productivity Shocks, Educational Investments and Child Work, Economic Development and Cultural Change, DOI:


AYYAPPAN N., 2022. Remote sensing based characterisation of community level phenological variations in a regional forest landscape of Western Ghats, India, Geocarto International, DOI: 10.1080/10106049.2022.2112304.

LANDY F., 2022. Que faire de la révolution verte? Dilemmes de l’agriculture de l’Inde en crise, Canadian Journal of DevelopmentStudies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2022.2099357.

LEFEBVRE B., KARKI R., MISSLIN R., NAKHAPAKORN K., DAUDÉ E. and PAUL R.E., 2022. Importance of Public Transport Networks for Reconciling the Spatial Distribution of Dengue and the Association of Socio-Economic Factors with Dengue Risk in Bangkok, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (16),

RESHAMWALA H.S., [et al.], RAJAPANDIAN K. and HABIB B., 2022. Modeling Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Distribution of Wooly Wolf (Canis lupus chanco), Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10: 815621

SPIERS C.S., 2022. The Semantics of Sharpness and the Prohibition of the Pungent, Indo-Iranian Journal, 65 (2): 93-121,

SRIDHAR S., PRABHAKARAN M., LAKSHUMANAN C., MUTHUSANKAR G. and ANANDARAJ K., 2022. Seawater ingression vulnerability Study in the coastal aquifers of Cuddalore district, Stochastic Modeling& Applications, 26 (3 - Special Issue 2022 ,Special Issue 2022 Part - 3): 347-363.

VATTAKAVEN T., [et al.] and BALASUBRAMANIAN D., 2022. Best Practices for Data Management in Citizen Science : An Indian Outlook, Biodiversity Informatics, 17: 27-49, URL:

ZORZI C., [et al.], ANUPAMA K., PRASAD S. and MARTINEZ P., 2022. When eastern India oscillated between desert versus savannah-dominated vegetation, Geophysical Research Letters, 49 (16): e2022GL099417,