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Title : Indika: Essays in Indo-French Relations, 1630-1976
Author : Jean-Marie Lafont (Ed.)
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9788173042782
Pages : 508
Year of Pub : 2020
Price : Rs 1,895.00
This book attempts to study some of the lesser-known aspects of Indo-French relations.
The core of the research is about the French in the service of Indian States (Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, Madhoji Sindhia, Shuja ud-Daula, Asaf ud-Daula and Ranjit Singh) before the onset of British rule in India. It focuses on the modernization of the armed forces of these states and the transfer of military know-how and technologies in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
It also deals with French curiosité towards Indian history and civilization: French involvement in the cultural life of these states, collection of manuscripts, sponsoring of artists like Nevasi Lai, Mohan Singh or Imam Bakhsh Lahori, a passionate taste for Indian architecture, archaeological excavations in Punjab and Peshawar, early Indo-Greek and Graeco-Bactrian studies and the dis­covery of Gandhara art.
Such intimate connections between some Frenchmen and Indian society at large came through their marriage into Indian families. One full chapter is devoted to Bannou Pan Deï, wife of General Allard, and to the history of this family in Lahore and in Saint-Tropez (France).
The last two chapters bring the story down to 1976 in analysing Indian influence on Albert Camus and Andre Malraux, two key figures of the con­temporary French intelligentsia.
The book has 72 black-and-white illustrations."

Jean-Marie Lafont, PhD (Lyons), worked twelve years in Lahore and twenty-two years in New Delhi. His research on La présence française dans le royaume Sikh du Penjab won him a D. Litt from the University of Paris 3 (published in 1992 by Ecole Française d`Extrême-Orient) and was awarded the Giles Award by the French Academy in 1995.
He has taught at the University of Benghazi (Libya), the University of Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan), the University of Lyons 3 (France) and the University of Delhi (India). Subsequently he was a Senior Research Scholar at, and Research Coordinator of, the Centre for Human Sciences, Embassy of France, New Delhi.
He has a large number of books to his credit."


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