Having lost the Seven Years War with Britain over world domination, says Mohan, France relinquished dreams of a French India
, but kept five sleepy outposts until 1954.
Viewers will find original notes which were first issued in India in 1917 by King George V, followed by King George VI, the proposed one rupee with Gandhi's portrait in 1948, various issues after independence till 1994, one-rupee note for exclusive use in Gulf countries, Burma, Pakistan, Hyderabad and territories of Portuguese and French India
, up to the latest 2015 and 2016 issues.
The back story of young Pi is set in French India
's faded colonial grandeur, where his family run a zoo.
Although France would control these towns well into the twentieth century, it seemed as though French India
would drift into inconsequence.
With its Catholic churches, boules pitches and French street names, Pondicherry retains a Gallic flavour from its time as the capital of French India
. And no visitor should miss Cape Kanniyakumari, the southernmost tip where the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal converge, where in April you can witness the sun setting and moon rising simultaneously on the same horizon.
From a background of research on colonialism in Africa, the Caribbean and French India
, Vanuatu becomes an exemplar for processes, themes and trends writ-large in the so called third world.
In French India
too, even much earlier (28 November 1735), a committee was charged with "la constatation des lois, us et coutumes des Hindous, encore en vigueur dans l es etablissements francais de l'Inde," but, as Bonnan points out, "such a corpus of local laws never saw the light of day" (p.