Books in Tamil / Livres en tamoul

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1990 – 2000


GOBALAKICHENANE (ed), Viranaicker II, Irandam Viranaicker Natkurippu [Irandaam Veeraanaiker Naatkurippu 1778-1792, The Diary of Viranaicker the Second], Chennai:  Nattramizh Pathippagam, 1992, 333 pp.


In eighteenth-century Pondicherry under French rule, the ‘Conseil Supérieur’ dealt only with the justice affairs of white French people. The local Tamil people came under a different system and three generations of one family held the post of deputy Chief of police in that parallel system: Perumalnaicker, his son Viranaicker the First and his grandson, Rajagopalnaiker held the post from 1700, the latter holding it for an exceptionally long period from 1755 to 1793, covering several governors’ tenures and two British occupations between 1761 and 1765, and between 1778 and 1785. The diarist Viranaicker the Second, Rajagopalnaiker’s son, did not occupy a similar post, but he kept a record of what he saw, heard and read. His diary covers the period from 1778 to 1792, coming 18 years after the demise in 1761 of the celebrated Tamil-language diarist Anandarangapillai. M.Gobalakichenane has shown elsewhere that Anandarangapillai’s famous diary goes only up to 1760, in spite of the title of the English version of 12 volumes (1736-1761). From 1760 onwards and up to 1791, the diary was continued by his nephew Thiruvengadapillai the Third, alias Appavu, also known as Vijaya Thiruvengadappillai, and from 1791 to 1799 by the latter’s son Thiruvengadapillai the Fourth, alias Muthu Vijaya Thiruvengadappillai. The diary of The Diary of Viranaicker the Second is therefore a valuable complementary voice to the writing of Anandarangapillai, Thiruvengadapillai the Third and Thiruvengadapillai the Fourth.