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François Gautier

Francois Gautier
Born 1950 (age 65–66)
Paris, France
Occupation Journalist, historian and columnist
Spouse Namrita Bindra Gautier
Website
.me.francoisgautierwww

François Gautier (born 1950) is a French political writer and journalist based in India, since 1971. He has served as the South Asian correspondent of Le Figaro newspaper.[1]

Contents

  • Life 1
    • Early life 1.1
  • Personal life 2
  • Career 3
    • Journalism 3.1
    • Writing 3.2
    • Photography and painting exhibitions 3.3
  • Views and opinions 4
    • On Indian history 4.1
    • On Indian politics 4.2
    • On Indian journalism 4.3
    • On religion 4.4
  • Awards 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Life

Early life

Francois Gautier was born in 1950 in Paris.[2][3] He was given an upper-class Catholic education. Gautier has said he had problems fitting in and he was expelled from several European boarding schools he was sent to.[1] He attended IDRAC business school in Paris before dropping out to become a writer. He worked in a small newspaper before it was shut down. He then wrote a film script for a friend, but the film was not released.[1]

Gautier came to India at the age of 19 in 1969. He was part of the first wave which came to establish the city of Auroville. He initially did not intend to stay in India for long and intended to travel the world. However, he met Mirra Alfassa and was influenced by her. He spent 7 years in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, after that.[1][4]

Personal life

François Gautier is married to Namrita Bindra Gautier, whose mother was a Hindu and father was a Sikh. Gautier primarily resides in Auroville in India, and visits his family in France annually.[1]

Career

Journalism

In India, he stopped writing for a while and focussed on other activities like meditation and gardening. In 1982, he found an article in a French newspaper, which he considered to be full of clichés. He wrote a letter to the editor suggesting corrections. The editor replied back asking him to write an article. He wrote several more articles for the newspaper. Later, he worked as a writer and photographer for various publications.[1]

He then worked for Journal de Geneve, a Geneva-based newspaper. Then he switched to Le Figaro in mid-90s and began to write for them exculsively.[1] Gautier used tp write a regular column for Rediff.com.[5] Gautiers has also written columns for The New Indian Express,[6] DNA India,[7] Outlook India,[8] and others. Gautier is also the editor of La Revue de l'Inde.[9]

Writing

Gautier become interested in Indology when he began to travel outside Auroville. Sita Ram Goel contacted Gautier after reading some of his articles in a magazine called Blitz. Goel asked for permission to reprint the articles in a book. Gautier instead wrote the book The Wonder That Is India. Later, the website Hinduism Today republished it online. Following this, Gautier wrote several other books. Gautier has worked on a book about the martial art Kalaripayattu with photographer Raghu Rai.[1]

In 2010, an anonymously authored novel titled Hindutva, Sex and Adventure featuring a foreign radio journalist who came to India and became a Hindutva sympathizer, was released. The book's protagonist was considered a thinly veiled parody of BBC reporter Mark Tully. Initially it was speculated that Gautier may have been the author, but Gautier denied the allegation.[10]

Photography and painting exhibitions

Gautier is also the founder of an organisation called "Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism" (FACT). The organisation organises photography and painting exhibitions highlighting various issues related to

  • Blog in French
  • Blog in English
  • Official website
  • FACT India, Francois Gautier's non-profit trust

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j """The Rediff Interview: Francois Gautier: "There is an unconscious militant dislike of the Christian world towards Hindu India.  
  2. ^ Mohit Sharma (Trendster) (8 December 2014). The Aryanist Journal # 02. Freelance Talents. p. 28. GGKEY:8R5Q1QWNG60. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  3. ^ François Gautier (2001). A Western Journalist on India: The Ferengi's Columns. Har-Anand Publications. pp. 4–.  
  4. ^ a b c """Meet the author "Content-wise, Indian fiction writers have little to offer.  
  5. ^ "Rediff Columns: Francois Gautier".  
  6. ^ "Let all Hindus come together".  
  7. ^ a b "This govt is taking the country down with it".  
  8. ^ "The Hindu Rate Of Wrath".  
  9. ^ "‘Sethu Samudram canal will affect Kerala coast’".  
  10. ^ "An Irritant Foreign Body".  
  11. ^ "Grim portraits of damage in the Valley".  
  12. ^ a b "Nascent 'Holocaust' museum".  
  13. ^ a b "Looking back at history".  
  14. ^ "Art for a cause! Whose?".  
  15. ^ "Over 15,000 visit Kashmiri Pandits exhibit in Houston".  
  16. ^ "Why a Frenchman built a Bhavani & Shivaji museum".  
  17. ^ "Tracing Tibet".  
  18. ^ "Francois Gautier: The other factor behind Anna Hazare’s success".  
  19. ^ "From Francois Gautier". Asian Correspondent. 21 August 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Why the cynicism about Indian gurus?".  
  21. ^ "Why I Love To Hate Outlook".  
  22. ^ "In defence of the ancient culture".  
  23. ^ "Adhere to the truth, PM tells media".  
  24. ^ a b c "History And Politics". Har Anand Publications. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Also Published". Har Anand Publications. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

References

See also

  • The Wonder that is India. Voice of India. 1994.  
  • Rewriting Indian History. Vikas Publishing House. 1996.  
  • Un Autre regard sur l'Inde (in  
  • Arise Again, O India!. Har-Anand Publications. 2000. [24] 
  • A Western Journalist on India: The Ferengi's Columns. Har-Anand Publications. 2001. [25] 
  • India's Self-denial. Auroville Press International. 2001.  
  • A New History of India. Har-Anand Publications. 2008. [24] 
  • The Guru of Joy. Hay House, Inc. 2008.  
  • A History of India as it Happened: Not as it Has Been Written. Har-Anand Publications. 2013. [24] 

Bibliography

  • 2003 Panchjanya's Nachiketa Awards: The Bipin Chandra Pal Award, named after the historical figure Bipin Chandra Pal, was given to Gautier.[23] He donated the money to FACT.[4]

Awards

Gautier is a strong supporter of Hinduism. He said that ancient wisdom regarding questions like meaning of life, afterlife, karma and dharma have been perserved in Hinduism. He believes Hinduism is under threat from Islam, Christian missionaries, Marxism and westernisation[21] Gautier has written that the Buddhist philosophy of ahimsa weakened India and made it vulnerable to the attacks of Alexander and other later invaders.[22]

On religion

Gautier has said that Indian journalists have a negative view of India and are not proud of their culture. He has criticised the media's usage of the term "Godman" to describe Hindu gurus. Gautier has backed Sri Sri Center for Media Studies, a journalism school in Bangalore, to reticfy this situation. Gautier also teaches at the institution.[19][20]

On Indian journalism

In 2011, Gautier attributed Anna Hazare's success in drawing a large number of supporters in his anti-corruption campaign partly to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Gautier said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had supported the Jan Lokpal Bill and had promoted it through his Art of Living network.[18]

Gautier had criticised the United Progressive Alliance government in 2012. He had criticised the lack of government's response in view of terrorist attacks on India. He had claimed that the Muslim mullahs were allowed preach freely, whereas Hindu gurus were being targeted by the media and police. He had criticised the government's attempt to have a census of Muslims in the Indian military and attempt to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.[7]

Gautier has criticised Gandhi's policy toward Muslim separatists during the partition of India calling it appeasement. He has also criticised Nehru's policy of pacifism towards China.[4]

On Indian politics

Gautier is a supporter of Koenraad Elst. He considers Elst one of the most knowledgeable scholars on India. Gautier has said that Elst as an outsider sees things about India, which Indians cannot see due to two centuries of colonialism.[1]

Gautier has criticised the book The Wonder That was India by Arthur Llewellyn Basham. He has said the book propagated clichés like the caste system, Aryans, and Dravidans. He has called Basham the "founding father of racism". He has said that the book led to later claims of Hindu imperialism.[1]

On Indian history

Views and opinions

In 2013, during the visit of the Buddhism in India and its spread to Tibet at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History, Lohegaon, with the help of materials from the Tibet Museum of Dharamshala. The aim of the exhibition was to educate the local people about Tibetan culture.[17]

In 2012, the Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History and a temple dedicated to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Ajit Pawar and Nitin Gadkari.[16]

In 2007, Gautier started a painting exhibition called Aurangzeb, as he was, according to Moghul Records. Using the organisation FACT, Gautier aims to display the exhibition at several places around the world.[13]

Gautier has produced a photo exhibition titled A Glimpse of a Tragedy Without an End, covering the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits since 1990. It has been displayed in various places around the world including Houston in 2005.[15]

In 2003, Gautier started a photograph exhibition titled Terror Unleashed: An Exhibition on Kashmir. It contained photographs highlighting the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. The exhibition also contained statistics on terrorist attacks on Kashmiris.[12][14]

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