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Freedom Movement In French India

The study of the freedom movement in the Indian sub-continent has always for focus, British India. Scholars had hardly paid any attention to the study of the growth of the freedom movement in French India, which comprised five territories, Pondicherry, Mahe, Karaikal, Yanam and Chandernagore. The present study aims at filling up this gap, by focusing the attention on the development of nationalism and freedom movement in Mahe or French Malabar, lying on the western coast of India, taking into consideration its special historical background and evolution.

     Special attention has been given to the details regarding the various events leading to the emergence of nationalism and freedom struggle in Mahe and the actors involved in them. The Mahe Revolt of 1948 against the French regime under Governor Baron, which put an end to French rule briefly, has been highlighted as the greatest manifestation of nationalism in Mahe.Mahe stalwarts like I.K. Kumaran, ...

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Book Details

Pages

262

Publisher

institute for research in social science and humanities nirmalagiri college

Language

English

ISBN

81-900166-9-5

Released

01/01/2016

About The Author

J.B.Prashant More

J.B.Prashant More is a historian of international repute. He was born in Pondicherry on 28th August 1955. He studied at St.Joseph of Cluny school and Petit Seminaire, Pondicherry. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Tagore Arts College, Pondicherry, he proceeded to France for higher studies. He obtained a Ph.D in History at the renowned Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities. After facing several setbacks in his scholarly pursuit, he took to writing history.

Since 2001 Prashant More has authored more than fifteen books and several articles. He is a specialist of south Indian history, especially Muslim and Dravidian history as well as the colonial history of India. His book on the Partition of India remains unchallenged to this day. He writes in French, English and Tamil. Currently he teaches at Inseec, Paris.

His mother tongue is Tamil. He holds French nationality. His father, Panjab Rao More is a Marathi Bhakti poet.His mother belongs to the ilustrious Prouchandy family of Pondicherry, whose members have played significant roles in the history of Pondicherry. One of them, Darmanathan Prouchandy was the first steam navigator from south India and the Tamil country. His grand father had played a martyr's role in India's freedom movement due to his association with the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's freedom struggle in south-east Asia (French Indochina, Saigon).

The study of the freedom movement in the Indian sub-continent has always for focus, British India. Scholars had hardly paid any attention to the study of the growth of the freedom movement in French India, which comprised five territories, Pondicherry, Mahe, Karaikal, Yanam and Chandernagore. The present study aims at filling up this gap, by focusing the attention on the development of nationalism and freedom movement in Mahe or French Malabar, lying on the western coast of India, taking into consideration its special historical background and evolution.

     Special attention has been given to the details regarding the various events leading to the emergence of nationalism and freedom struggle in Mahe and the actors involved in them. The Mahe Revolt of 1948 against the French regime under Governor Baron, which put an end to French rule briefly, has been highlighted as the greatest manifestation of nationalism in Mahe.Mahe stalwarts like I.K. Kumaran, whom the author was able to interview played significant roles in this revolt, which was a spontaneous uprising of the people of Mahe against French colonialism which not only wanted to keep them under subjection, but also intended to undermine their ancient historical identity by retaining them as a part of faraway France.

     The approaches of Cambridge scholars like Anil Seal, Gordon Johnson, .J. Baker and David Washbrookas well as some other historians with regard to the development of nationalism in India stands disproved to a great extent by this study. The role of nationalist leaders of Mahe like I.K. Kumaran and P.K. Usman stands testimony to the fact that ideals and principles rather than power and profit can be great motivating factors in the struggle for freedom and the manifestation of nationalism.

     It is noteworthy that this work on the freedom movement in Mahe is the only one of its kind and is a major reference work for students and scholars alike with regard to colonialism as well as the ensuing struggle for freedom.