CHRISTIAN PERCEPTION IN POST COLONICAL LITERATURE IN PONDICHERRY – A CHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY
P.CHARLES CHRISTOPHER RAJ
M.A., M.Phil. M.I.M., M.L.I.S.C., M.C.A., B.Ed. P.G.D.T.A. P.hd.,
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of HISTORY
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORICAL STUDIES
KASTHURBA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN
VILLIANUR, PUDUCHERRY 605 110
The Advent of people of various nationalities during the period between 15th and 18th centuries in Pondicherry gave an impetus and opportunity for its own regeneration. These foreigners, who came to India for trade and missionary activities in the beginning, gradually established their own colonial rule in their new settlements. Colonialism which has many forms is highly reprehensible. The French, especially their Christian missionaries formed a niche among the local population and nurtured their language, culture, accustomed with the local customs, manners and traditions. They learned the language of the native people not to fulfil their potential needs but their intellectual and made great contributions to its development. This paper intends to give a thorough picture and bring into light, the various works of Christian personalities and their perception towards Pondicherry literature in a chronological form.
Literature on Voyages :
The French literature projected its reflection in the Tamil literature by 17th century, with the help of La Foutaine’s, acquaintance with Francois Bernier, philosopher and scholar of the period and brought out Indian fables and tales particularly the Jatakas stories from Mahabaratha, Panchathantra and other myths of India.
Francois Pyrad de laval was...