Pondicherry: The last months before India’s Independence
Perspectives of a British Consul General
On June 3, 1947, Lord Mountbatten, the Viceroy called a Press
Conference to announce that his government had decided to leave the
Indian subcontinent by August 15 of the same year. Two hundred years of
British colonization of the Jewel in the Crown had come to an end. This
research based on seven letters written by Col. E.W. Fletcher, the
British Consul General in Pondicherry, looks at the British attitude
towards the French settlements in India during the period between the
Viceroy’s announcement and the departure of the British.
interest in Fletcher’s dispatches is that they regularly and minutely
informed the Department of External Affairs of British India in Delhi
of the latest developments in Pondicherry.
The evolution of the
political situation in French India is followed from a British
officer’s perspective. This study is however balanced by other
documents, mainly from the French Archives.