1945-1954 History of India

Pondicherry, since 1954

While France was occupied with the insurrection in French Indochina, a movement for the liberation of French India from colonial rule emerged, and the Republic of India pressed for French withdrawal. In the year of the French defeat in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (1954), the Republic of India took over the administration of the territory, which consisted of 4 separate units, Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanaon.
Only in 1962 did France finally recognize Indian sovereignty over her former colony. The inhabitants were given the opportunity to opt for French citizenship; today about 20,000 French of Indian origin live in France, another 10,000 French nationals in India. In 1963 Pondicherry (with Karikal, Mahe and Yanaon, but without Chandernagar) forms a separate Union Territory within the Federation of India.

History of Pondicherry, from pondicherry.com, from pondicherry.net, from pondy.com
REFERENCE Article : India : Pondicherry, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1970-1971 p.387, 1975-1976 pp.395-396, 1976-1977 pp.396-397, 1978-1979 p.665, 1979-1980 pp.670-672, 1980-1981 pp.668-669, 1981-1982 pp.671-673, 1983-1984 pp.674-675, 1984-1985 pp.676-677, 1985-1986 p.680, 1986-1987 pp.682-683, 1987-1988 pp.688-689, 1988-1989 pp.690-691, 1989-1990 pp.697-698, 1990-1991 pp.698-699, 1991-1992 pp.696-697, 1992-1993 pp.770-771, 1993-1994 pp.769-770, 1994-1995 pp.761-762, 1995-1996 pp.758-759, 1996-1997 pp.700-701, 1997-1998 pp.706-707, 1998-1999 pp.757-758, 2000 pp.871-872, 2001 pp.847-849, 2002 pp.883-885, 2003 pp.886-887, 2004 pp.890-891, 2005 pp.893-894, 2006 pp.889-890 [G]

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