Puducherry (union territory)

Last updated

The earliest recorded history of the municipality of Puducherry can be traced to the second century CE. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea mentions a marketplace named Poduke or Poduka (ch 60). G. W. B. Huntingford suggested this might be a site about 2 miles from the modern Puducherry, which was possibly the location of Arikamedu (now part of Ariyankuppam). Huntingford noted that Roman pottery was found at Arikamedu in 1937. In addition, archaeological excavations between 1944 and 1949 showed that it was "a trading station to which goods of Roman manufacture were imported during the first half of the 1st century" Subsequent investigation by Vimala Begley from 1989 to 1992 modified this assessment, and now place the period of occupation from the third or second century BCE to the eighth century CE. [15] [16]

French Indian Colonies in 1815 French India 1815.gif
French Indian Colonies in 1815

In 1674, the municipality of Pondicherry (Pondichéry) became a colony in the French colonial empire. Together with Chandernagor (already French since 1673), Mahé (since 1721), Yanam (Yanaon) (since 1723), Karaikal (Karikal) (since 1739) and Masulipatam (1760), it formed the colony of French India, under a single French governor in Pondicherry, although French rule over one or more of these enclaves was repeatedly interrupted by British occupations. The territories of French India were completely transferred to the Republic of India de facto on 1 November 1954, and de jure on 16 August 1962, when French India ceased to exist, becoming the present Indian union territory of Pondicherry, combining four coastal enclaves. The fifth, Chandannagar, merged with the state of West Bengal in 1954. Immediately after the de facto transfer, the area was renamed the 'State of Pondicherry' by the "French Establishments (Change of Name) Order, 1954" issued by the Ministry of External Affairs of India. [17] :37 The State of Pondicherry continued to be under the direct control of the Government of India under the aegis of the Ministry of External affairs until 31 August 1964. Meanwhile, with effect from 1 July 1963, the State of Pondicherry officially became the Union Territory of Pondicherry and after 31 August 1964 it came under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. [17] :37

Until 2016, the de jure transfer day (i.e. 16 August) was a public holiday with no official celebrations taking place. [18] [19] In 2016, Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, made it a holiday as "De Jure Transfer Day."

Since 2010, de facto transfer day (i.e. 1 November) has been celebrated as Liberation day throughout Puducherry. [20] In 2014, Liberation day was declared as a public Holiday. This initiative was taken shortly after the NDA government came to power in 2014 and newly appointed Lt. Governor A. K. Singh issued a notification regarding that decision of the central government. [21]

Geography

Map showing the districts of Puducherry Puducherry Map.svg
Map showing the districts of Puducherry

The Union Territory of Puducherry consists of four small unconnected districts: Puducherry district (293 km2 or 113 sq mi), Karaikal district (161 km2 or 62 sq mi) and Yanam district (20 km2 or 7.7 sq mi) on the Bay of Bengal and Mahé district (9 km2 or 3.5 sq mi) on the Laccadive Sea, covering a total area of 483 km2 (186 sq mi). Puducherry and Karaikal have the largest areas and population, and are both enclaves of Tamil Nadu. Yanam and Mahé are enclaves of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, respectively. Its population, as per the 2011 Census, is 1,394,467. Puducherry is the smallest union territory in terms of sea coastline with 30.6 km length.

Some of Puducherry's regions are themselves amalgamations of non-contiguous enclaves, often called "pockets" in India. The Puducherry region is made of 11 such pockets, some of which are very small and entirely surrounded by the territory of Tamil Nadu. Mahé region is made up of three pockets. This unusual geography is a legacy of the colonial period with Puducherry retaining the borders of former French India.

All four regions of Puducherry are located in the coastal region. Five rivers in Puducherry district, seven in Karaikal district, two in Mahé district and one in Yanam district drain into the sea, but none originates within the territory.

Districts

Demographics

Puducherry
Pondicherry-Rock beach aerial view.jpg
Image pondicherry.jpg
Long exposure shot of Beach road near Pondicherry harbour.jpg
Top to bottom:
Promenade Beach, Pondicherry harbour, Beach in Pondicherry
Motto(s): 
Satyameva Jayate
(Truth alone triumphs)
Anthem: "Tamil Thai Valthu"[ citation needed ]
IN-PY.svg
Location of Puducherry in India
Coordinates: 11°54′40″N79°48′45″E / 11.911082°N 79.812533°E / 11.911082; 79.812533
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
Region South India
Admission to union1 November 1954 [1]
Formation 1 July 1963 [2]
Capital
and largest city
Pondicherry
Districts 4
Government
  Body Government of Puducherry
   Lieutenant governor C. P. Radhakrishnan
   Chief minister N. Rangaswamy (AINRC)
   Chief secretary Ashwani Kumar, IAS
Legislature Unicameral
   Assembly Puducherry Legislative Assembly [3] (33 seats)
National Parliament Parliament of India
   Rajya Sabha 1 seat
   Lok Sabha 1 seat
High Court Madras High Court
Area
  Total483 km2 (186 sq mi)
  Rank 34th
Population
 (2011)
  Total1,394,467
  Rank 29th
  Density2,900/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
  Urban
68.33%
  Rural
31.67%
Language
   Official TamilMalayalamTelugu [4]
   Additional official English [4] French [5]
GDP
  Total (2023-24) 0.39 trillion (US$4.7 billion)
  Rank 26th
  Per capita 222,000 (US$2,700) (10th)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 code IN-PY
Vehicle registration PY 01 – PY 05
HDI (2018)Increase2.svg0.740 (High) (7th)
Literacy (2011)86.55%
Sex ratio (2011)1037♀️/1000 ♂️ [6]
Website py.gov.in
SymbolsofPuducherry
Emblem of the Government of Puducherry.png
Song "Tamil Thai Valthu"[ citation needed ]
Bird Koel [7]
Flower Cannonball tree flower [7]
Mammal Indian palm squirrel [7]
Tree Bael fruit tree [7]
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901246,354    
1911257,179+0.43%
1921244,156−0.52%
1931258,628+0.58%
1941285,011+0.98%
1951317,253+1.08%
1961369,079+1.52%
1971471,707+2.48%
1981604,471+2.51%
1991807,785+2.94%
2001974,345+1.89%
20111,247,953+2.51%
20211,691,969+3.09%
source: [22]

Religion in Puducherry

   Hinduism (87.3%)
   Christianity (6.3%)
   Islam (6.1%)
  Others (0.4%)

According to the 2011 census, Hinduism is the major religion, adhered to by 87.3% of the population. Other religions practiced in the territory include Christianity (6.3%) and Islam (6.1%). [23]

Government and administration

Puducherry Assembly seats Puducherry Electoral Constituencies Map.svg
Puducherry Assembly seats

Puducherry is a union territory of India rather than a state, which implies that governance and administration fall directly under federal authority. It is one of three union territories (with the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir) entitled by a special constitutional amendment to an elected legislative assembly and cabinet of ministers, thereby conveying partial statehood. [24] There has been some interest by the territory's government in receiving full statehood, but budgetary issues remain a consideration. Also, Mahe and Yanam may oppose such a change of status. [25]

The central government is represented by the Lieutenant Governor, who resides at the Raj Nivas (Le Palais du Gouverneur) at the Park, the former palace of the French governor. The central government is more directly involved in the territory's financial well-being unlike states, which have a central grant that they administer. Consequently, Puducherry has at various times, enjoyed lower taxes, especially in the indirect category.

Special administration status

According to the Treaty of Cession of 1956, the four territories of former French India territorial administration are permitted to make laws with respect to specific matters. In many cases, such legislation may require ratification from the federal government or the assent of the President of India.

Article II of the Treaty states:

Ces établissements conserveront le bénéfice du statut administratif spécial en vigueur avant le 1er novembre 1954. Toute modification constitutionnelle à ce statut ne pourra intervenir, le cas échéant, qu’après consultation de la population.
(The Establishments will keep the benefit of the special administrative status which was in force prior to 1 November 1954. Any constitutional changes in this status which may be made subsequently shall be made after ascertaining the wishes of the people).

Languages

The most widely spoken first language is Tamil, which is native to 88.2% of the population. There are also speakers of Telugu (6.0%), Malayalam (3.8%) and Urdu (0.7%). The official languages of Puducherry are French , [26] Tamil , Telugu (in Yanam), Malayalam (in Mahe) and English . An official mention in Rajya Sabha Parliamentary debates during 2006 confirms that Puducherry has all these five languages as official. [27]

Distribution of languages in Union Territory of Puducherry (2011) [28]

   Tamil (88.22%)
   Telugu (5.96%)
   Malayalam (3.84%)
  Others (1.98%)

Continuation of French

Even after the de facto transfer of the French Indian settlements in November 1954, French continued to remain as the official language according to Article XXVIII of the Traité de Cession (Treaty of Cession) of 1956.

Article XXVIII of the Treaty states:

Le français restera langue officielle des Établissements aussi longtemps que les répresentants élus de la population n'auront pas pris une décision différente.
(The French language shall remain the official language of the Establishments so long as the elected representatives of the people shall not decide otherwise).

The 1963 Pondicherry representative assembly resolution also voted for continuance of French as official language and addition of other languages spoken in Puducherry such as Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam along with English and Hindi. [26] :151–152

Inclusion of other languages

Considering the 1956 Treaty of cession and 1963 Assembly resolution, the 1963 Union Territories Act reconfirmed the 1963 resolution that French shall continue to be used as an official language unless the legislative assembly decides otherwise. The 1963 act allowed provision for inclusion of more official languages. Two years later, new official languages were recognised by The Pondicherry Official Language Act, 1965 which makes no mention of French (but also not officially denying it) implying the implicit continuation of its official language status. The same act stated that the Tamil language shall be the language to be used for all or any of the official purposes of the Union territory and the same official recognition is given for English. The same act also recognized officially Malayalam and Telugu in the Mahé and Yanam districts respectively. [4]

The widespread anti-Hindi agitations in the mid-1960s in South India would have prompted for inclusion of all the languages suggested in the 1963 assembly resolution except Hindi in the list of official languages of Puducherry. While the Union Territory official gazette's name is in French (La Gazette de L'État de Poudouchéry), it is published exclusively in English. [29]

Judiciary

The jurisdiction of the Madras High Court has been extended to Pondicherry with effect from 6 November 1962. [note 1] The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court is the head of the judiciary of Puducherry. The present chief justice is S. V. Gangapurwala. [30] [31]

Economy

The gross domestic product of Puducherry, at market prices estimated by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation with figures in millions of Indian rupees grew from 1,840 to 258,190 million rupees from 1980 to 2014.

YearGross domestic product[ clarification needed ]
19801,840
19853,420
19906,030
199513,200
200037,810
2010130,920
2014258,190 [32] [33] [34] [ better source needed ]

Fisheries

The potential for fisheries is substantial in the Union Territory. The four regions of the Union Territory have a coastline of 45 km with 675 of inshore waters, 1.347 hectares (3.33 acres) of inland water and 800 ha of brackish water. 27 marine fishing villages and 23 inland fishing villages host a fishermen population of about 65,000 of which 13,000 are actively engaged in fishing. Tanks and ponds are also tapped for commercial fish rearing.

Tourism

Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist spots in India for national and international tourists. Puducherry was the residence of Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950) and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram still operates from Puducherry. A unique experimental city Auroville, the brainchild of the Mother, whose inhabitants are drawn from all parts of the world is situated on the outskirts of the city. There are several temples, churches, monuments, parks, and mosques which attract tourists.

Transportation

Rail

Puducherry railway station Puducherry train station.JPG
Puducherry railway station

Puducherry is connected by a railway branch line from the five-way junction at Viluppuram and Chennai. The railway line is a broad gauge line with 16 originating trains and 17 terminating trains. [35]

Meanwhile Karaikal and Mahe also well connected by railway lines. Several railway lines are also under construction in Karaikal district. [36] The nearest major railway station to Yanam is Kakinada (CCT) in Andhra Pradesh (33 KM).

Air

Puducherry has an airport called Puducherry Airport. It has flight operations between Puducherry and Hyderabad. [37] A new airport is proposed in Karaikal which is called as Karaikal Airport. [38] The nearest airport to Yanam is Rajahmundry Airport (IATA: RJA, ICAO: VORY), 90 KM away.

Sea

Puducherry U.T. has several ports namely Karaikal port, Puducherry port, Mahe port. Among them, the largest port is Karaikal Port. [39]

Road

Puducherry has a network all-weather metalled roads connecting the territory. Puducherry has a road length of 2,552 km (road length per 4.87 km2), the highest in the country. PRTC buses play a vital role in Puducherry U.T.

Road length comparison with Tamil Nadu and India as a whole
Total road length (in Puducherry)2,552 km
Road length per 1000 km2PuducherryTamil NaduIndia
4,5751,572663
Classification of roads
Type of roadLength (km)
National highways64.450
State highways49.304
District and other roads
274.628
Rural roads
248.434
Total length636.816

Education

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research JIPMER admin block.jpg
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research

According to the 2011 census, Puducherry had a literacy rate of 86.55. [40] Pondicherry University is a university centrally located in Puducherry. [41] Other educational institutions include Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (Govt. of Puducherry), Mahathma Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Dental Science (Govt. of Puducherry), Tagore Arts and Science College, Indira Gandhi College of Arts and Science (Govt. of Puducherry), Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, National Institute of Technology, Puducherry, Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Engineering and Technology, [42] Pondicherry Engineering College, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Achariya College of Engineering Technology (ACET), Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology, Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College, RAAK college of Engineering and Technology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College Hospital, Sri Lakshmi Narayana College of Engineering, and Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre.

Tourism

Pondicherry is the capital city of The Union Territory of Puducherry and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. A French colony until 1954, this coastal town retains a number of colonial buildings, churches, statues, and systematic town planning, as well as urban architecture of the local Tamil style. For these reasons, the town has been dubbed "The Europe of India".

Tourism in karaikal

Thirunallar Temple

Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Dharbaranyeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in a village, Thirunallar of karaikal district of Union territory of Puducherry.

Tranquebar Danish Fort

officially called as Fort Dansborg is a major tourist attraction which is located at Tranquebar near Karaikal. The Tranquebar has a Danish and Dutch Style Architecture Buildings which can only be seen here in the entire world. Due to some rare historical events happened at Tranquebar, such kind of rare architecture marvels still remains here.

A restored colonial house in Tranquebar Colonial House.JPG
A restored colonial house in Tranquebar
Town Gate Tranquebar Gate.jpg
Town Gate
Antique items on display at the museum inside Fort Dansborg Antique objects in the Fort Dansborg museum.jpg
Antique items on display at the museum inside Fort Dansborg
New Jerusalem Church, Tranquebar Danish Church, Tranquebar.jpg
New Jerusalem Church, Tranquebar
Zion Church Tranquebar Zion Church 1.jpg
Zion Church


Nagore Dargah

The dargah built over the tomb of the Sufi saint Nagore Syed Abdul Qadir Shahul Hamid (1490–1579 CE). [44] It is located in Nagore, a coastal town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located near to Karaikal.

Velankanni Church

Called as Sanctuary of Our Lady of Velankanni is a famous christian shrine of India located in Velankanni. The shrine is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The devotion has existed since the mid-sixteenth century, and is attributed to three separate miracles believed by devotees to have been worked at the site: the apparition of the Madonna and Child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the healing of a handicapped buttermilk vendor and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a deadly sea storm.

Initially, a modest chapel was built by the Portuguese in Goa and Bombay, soon after they washed ashore safely in spite of a severe tempest. An annual novena is celebrated and draws nearly 5 million pilgrims each year.

Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health Velankanni 2.JPG
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health

Tourism in Mahe

Mooppenkunnu (Hillock) The Mooppenkunnu is a Hillock. It is a Heritage picnic spot in Mahé district. There are pavements to walk, benches to rest and a restroom facility for the tourists. The hillock contains the historic Light House and is a famous sunset view point. [45]

Walkway

Mahe Boat House.jpg

The walkway on the banks of Mahé River is a major tourist attraction. The walkway surrounds around the landscape of the Mahé town. The Walkway has park benches to relax and enjoy the beauty of Mahé River. [46]

Azhimukham Azhimukham is the estuary of Mahé River and the Arabian Sea. There is a small Tagore Park situated here. Recently there has been a reconstruction which added a 2 km walkway along the bank of river from the estuary towards Mahé Bridge. [47]

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Karaikal</span> Town in Puducherry, India

Karaikal is a city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is the administrative headquarters of the Karaikal District and the second most populated city in the Union Territory after Pondicherry. Located on the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal in South India, it is a coastal enclave and is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu in the southern region of Indian peninsula.

Mahe also known as Mayyazhi, is a small town in the Mahe district of the Puducherry Union Territory. It is situated at the mouth of the Mahe River and is surrounded by the State of Kerala. The Kannur district surrounds Mahe on three sides and Kozhikode district from one side.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Yanam</span> Town in Puducherry, India

Yanam is a town located in the Yanam district in Puducherry. It has a population of 35,000 and is entirely surrounded by Andhra Pradesh. It was formerly a French colony for nearly 200 years, and, though united with India in 1954, is still sometimes known as "French Yanam". It possesses a blend of French culture and the Telugu culture, nicknamed Frelugu. During French rule, the Tuesday market at Yanam was popular among the Telugu people in the Madras Presidency, who visited Yanam to buy foreign and smuggled goods during Yanam People's Festival held in January. After implementation of the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 in British India, Telugu people often traveled to Yanam to conduct child marriages, which remained legal under the French administration.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pondicherry</span> City in Puducherry, India

Pondicherry is the capital and most populous city of the Union Territory of Puducherry in India. The city is in the Puducherry district on the southeast coast of India and is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal to the east and the state of Tamil Nadu, with which it shares most of its culture, heritage, and language.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Puducherry Legislative Assembly</span> Unicameral legislature of the Indian union territory of Puducherry

The Puducherry Legislative Assembly is the unicameral legislature of the Indian union territory (UT) of Puducherry, which comprises four districts: Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahé and Yanam. Out of eight union territories of India, only three have legislatures and they are Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir. After delimitation shortly after its formation, the Puducherry legislative assembly has 33 seats, of which 5 are reserved for candidates from scheduled castes and 3 members are nominated by the Government of India. 30 out of 33 Members are elected directly by the people on the basis of universal adult franchise and the remaining three are nominated by the central government. These nominated members enjoy same powers as elected members of the assembly.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pondicherry Municipal Council</span> Regional government body in India

The Pondicherry Municipal Council is the municipality of Pondicherry, India. Pondicherry has had a French system of municipal administration since 1880 and till the last poll held in 1968. Recently, in 2006 again municipal elections were held.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Karaikal district</span> District in Puducherry, India

Karaikal district is one of the four districts of the Union Territory of Puducherry in India.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Yanam district</span> District of Puducherry in India

Yanam district is one of the four districts of the Union Territory of Puducherry in India.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pondicherry University</span> University in India

Pondicherry University, also known as PU, is a central research university located in Kalapet, Pondicherry in Union Territory of Puducherry, India. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India. The Vice President of India is the Chancellor along with the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry acting as the Chief Rector and the President of India is the Visitor of the university. The university is a collegiate university with its jurisdiction spread over the Union Territory of Puducherry located in Tamil Nadu, Kerala (Mahé) and Andhra Pradesh (Yanam), and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The vast jurisdiction over three Union Territories namely gives the university a national character. The residents speak diverse languages such as English, Tamil, French, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, assamese, and Kannada.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">History of Puducherry</span>

The City of Puducherry on the southeast coast of India does not have a recorded history from antiquity. Puducherry has history recorded only after the advent of the colonial powers such as the Dutch, Portuguese, English and the French. Nearby places such as Arikanmedu, Kakayanthoppe, Villianur, and Bahur, which were annexed by the French East India Company over a period of time and became the Union Territory of Puducherry after Independence, have written histories that predate the colonial era.

The official standing of languages in Puducherry is governed by the 1963 assembly resolution to continue French as official language and the subsequent Pondicherry Official Language Act, 1965 which states under the heading "Official language of the Union territory" that Tamil is the language to be used for all or any official purposes in the Union Territory, while Malayalam and Telugu may be used in Mahé and Yanam respectively. The Act also stipulates that English may be used for any of the official purposes of the Union territory.

The municipalities of Puducherry include five administrative municipalities in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. The territory had French system of municipal administration from 1880 through 1968, when it was reformed.

The Puducherry Road Transport Corporation is the government transport corporation in the union territory of Puducherry that provides services in all the four regions of Puducherry, namely Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahé and Yanam.

The French community in India consists mainly of Indian citizens of French ancestry who are descended from former French settlers and colonists who settled in the Indian subcontinent since the 17th century, as well as recent expatriates from France.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Puducherry Police</span> Law enforcement agency

The Puducherry Police is the law enforcement agency for the Union Territory of Puducherry in India.

Christianity in Puducherry originated with the Capuchins from Madras who began their missionary activity here. By 1689, the Jesuits began their activity, and in 1773 the Paris Foreign Missions Society continued the mission. At that time, there were 30,000 Catholics in Pondicherry. However, the lack of missionaries and opposition from Padroado mutated the mission.

The Treaty establishing De Jure Cession of French Establishments in India was a treaty signed between France and India in 1956 that ceded French territories in India to the Republic of India.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Karaikal or locally known as JNV Varichikudy is a boarding, co-educational school in Karaikal district of Puducherry U.T. in India. Navodaya Vidyalayas are funded by the Indian Ministry of Human Resources Development and administered by Navodaya Vidyalaya Smiti, an autonomous body under the ministry. Navodaya Vidyalayas offer free education to talented children from Class VI to XII. Karaikal district is a coastal enclave within Tamil Nadu state, located about 132 km from union territory headquarter Pondicherry.

References

  1. Pondicherry (Administration) Act of 1962
  1. "Agreement on De Facto Transfer of French Establishments". Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. 21 October 1954. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  2. "Indian Affairs Record (Vol. I and II)". Diwan Chand Indian Information Center. 1955. p. 20.
  3. "PUDUCHERRY LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY". Archived from the original on 3 November 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. 1 2 3 "The Pondicherry Official Languages Act, 1965" (PDF). Laws of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 May 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  5. Puducherry Code Volume-I (PDF). Law Department, Government of Puducherry. p. 107.
  6. "Handbook of Statistics on Indian States 2020. Social and Demographic Indicators. Table 5: State-wise Sex Ratio". Reserve Bank of India. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  7. 1 2 3 4 "Tamil Nadu News : Puducherry comes out with list of State symbols". The Hindu . 21 April 2007. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  8. "South Asia | New name for old French territory". BBC News. 20 September 2006. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  9. "National : Bill to rename Pondicherry as Puducherry passed". The Hindu . 22 August 2006. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  10. "State Domestic Product and other aggregates, 2004–05 series". Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  11. India. Parliament. Rajya Sabha (2006). "Parliamentary Debates: Official Report, Volume 208, Issues 18-19". www.gstcouncil.gov.in. Council of States Secretariat. p. 263. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  12. Parvathi, Ko (1 December 2018). "கருவூலம்: பாண்டிச்சே-யூனியன் பிரதேசம்". தினமணி (Dinamani) (in Tamil). Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  13. Ambadipudi Syamsundara Rao (2020). "దక్షిణ భారతము గురించి కొన్ని విశేషాలు". www.acchamgatelugu.com (in Telugu). Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  14. Dinesan, P. (4 February 2021). "പുതുച്ചേരിയിൽ സംഭവിക്കുന്നത്‌". ദേശാഭിമാനി (Dēśābhimani) (in Malayalam). Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  15. Vimala Begley. "The Dating of Arikamedu and its Bearing on the Archaeology of Early Historical South India" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  16. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea: Travel and Trade in the Indian Ocean by a Merchant of the First Century. Kessinger Publishing. 2007. p. 119. ISBN   978-0-548-20943-1. Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  17. 1 2 "D.Banerjea". Criminal Justice India Series: Pondicherry. Vol. 20. Allied Publishers. 2005. ISBN   978-8177648713.
  18. Mathew, Pheba (16 August 2016). "Liberated from France 55 years ago, Puducherry celebrated 'De Jure Day' for the first time ever". The News Minute. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  19. "68th De Facto Merger Day of Puducherry to Be Celebrated on November 1". News18. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  20. "Puducherry to celebrate 'Formation Day' on Nov 1". The Hindu. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  21. "November 1 is Liberation Day". The Hindu. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  22. Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  23. "Population by religion community – 2011". Census of India, 2011. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 25 August 2015.
  24. "Lanka BBC Info Know Puducherry: Government Name Pondicherry As Puducherry". lankabbc.com. 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  25. "Will Pondy's attempt to get statehood succeed?". The New Indian Express. 26 July 2018.
  26. 1 2 Animesh Rai (2020). The Legacy of French Rule in India (1674–1954): An investigation of a process of Creolization. Institut français de Pondichéry. ISBN   979-1036549892.
  27. India. Parliament. Rajya Sabha (2006). "Parliamentary Debates: Official Report, Volume 208, Issues 18–19". www.gstcouncil.gov.in. Council of States Secretariat. p. 263. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  28. https://censusindia.gov.in/nada/index.php/catalog/10218
  29. "La Gazette de L'État de Poudouchéry The Gazette of Puducherry" (PDF). www.gstcouncil.gov.in. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  30. "Justice Munishwar Math Bhandari takes oath as acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court" (PDF). DT Next. 22 May 2023. Archived from the original on 25 July 2023. Retrieved 30 May 2023.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  31. "Justice S V Gangapurwala appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court". The Indian Express. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 14 June 2023.
  32. "Economy of Puducherry - StatisticsTimes.com". statisticstimes.com.
  33. "Union Territory of Puducherry". South Asia Program at Hudson Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  34. List of Indian states by GDP
  35. karthik. "Pondicherry Station - 16 Train Departures SR/Southern Zone - Railway Enquiry". indiarailinfo.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  36. Rajaram, R. (5 February 2021). "Karaikal-Peralam railway line project gets an impetus". The Hindu. ISSN   0971-751X . Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  37. "Puducherry airport becomes AAI's first 100% solar-powered airport - Times of India". The Times of India. 3 October 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  38. "Greenfield airport at Karaikal waiting to take wings". The Hindu. 4 March 2020. ISSN   0971-751X . Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  39. "India's Largest Private Port to Handle large Vessels and Diverse Cargo Mix". karaikalport.com. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  40. "Ranking of states and union territories by literacy rate: 2011" (PDF). Government of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  41. "Pondicherry University". Pondicherry University. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011.
  42. "Welcome to the Website of PKIET". Pkiet.edu.in. Archived from the original on 17 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  43. "Filming Locations". IMDb. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  44. "Hillock (Mooppenkunnu) | Mahe | India".
  45. "Walkway | Mahe | India".
  46. "Azhimukham | Mahe | India".