CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. The problem of French India. 3. Treaty of cession of May 28, 1956 - an analysis. 4. Indian response to the freedom struggle in the French colonial empire in Asia and Africa. 5. Liberation of Goa - the French response. 6. France and the Indian defence preparedness. 7. Indo-French relations - Pakistan factor. 8. French response to terrorism in the Indian sub-continent. 9. Nuclear cooperation. 10. Science and technology cooperation. 11. Indo-French cultural ties. 12. Economic relations. 13. Quest for a multipolar world. Appendices: i. Treaty between the Republic of India and the Republic of France to confirm the cession of the territory of the free town of Chandernagore. ii. Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of France providing for De Facto transfer of administration of the territory of French establishments in India. iii. Treaty of cession of the French establishments of Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. iv. Economic and technical cooperation agreement between the Republic of India and the Republic of France. v. Memorandum of understanding between the Government of India and the Government of France on cooperation in space research. vi. Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation agreement between the Government of India and the Government of France.
This book makes an earnest effort to study the Indo-French relations in the context of the perceived role of both the countries in the international politics, during the course of the Cold as well as the post-Cold War era. France?s relationship with India is studied in the present work within the purview of its foreign policy in general and of its Asiatic policy in particular. The volume goes to the root of the problem and traces the historical background of the issues that are being discussed, so as to find out the answer. Why France or India behaved so, in a given situation? While Part I of the book deals with the problematic phase of decolonisation, Part II elaborates cooperation between the two countries in the political, strategic, economic, cultural, scientific and technical spheres, which turned out to be complimentary and mutually beneficial. To be precise, the present work highlights the conscious and continuous efforts of both the powers on the plan to achieve a new multipolar world order, which will be just, harmonious and a more safer and peaceful place to live in.