Arundhati Virmani

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Arundhati Virmani (born 1957) is an Indian historian. She was a Reader in History at Delhi University until 1992. She is currently teaching at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Marseille.


Arundhat Virmani was born in New Delhi, on 26 June 1957. She graduated with a degree in history from Indraprastha College.[1] As a student of Delhi University, she obtained a French fellowship in 1981 to prepare her Ph. D. thesis in French history at the Sorbonne in Paris. Under the supervision of Maurice Agulhon, one of the leading French historians at the Sorbonne, and then at the Collège de France, she studied the politicization of French rural society after the Restoration and before the institution of male universal suffrage under the Second Republic in 1848. She defended her thesis in September 1984. In 1991, she married Jean Boutier, a French historian, and moved to France. She studied Odissi dance with Madhavi Mudgal, a renowned Indian dancer.

Academic career[edit]

Back in Delhi, she taught in Jesus and Mary College before being recruited by Delhi University. She was the head of the History section of the School of Correspondence Courses, where she participated in adult education and Long-Distance teaching. Then Reader in European History at the History Department, she taught modern French and European History. In Marseille she taught at Université Paul Cézanne, Euromed-Marseille Business School and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Since then, her research focused on the colonial period in India, especially the 20th Century; she is also an analyst of the current transformations of Indian society.

She has published several books and many papers in collective works and scientific journals (in England,[2] France [3] and Italy [4]). She has lectured on colonial Indian history in different universities and academic institutions (Paris, London, Berlin, Bologna, Florence,[5] New Delhi, ...). She is currently a research fellow at the Centre Norbert Elias [6] in Marseille.

Since 2000, she has been engaged in consultancy work, specializing in Indo-French intercultural training. She is a recognized expert for the "Association pour le Progrès du Management". She is presently interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from an Indian perspective.[7]

Published works[edit]

Known for her 2008 book, National Symbols Under Colonial Domination: The Nationalization of the Indian Flag, March–August 1923 (1999), about which noted writer Khushwant Singh wrote, "She has done meticulous research on the subject and put life into what may appear at first sight as a footnote in a book on Indian history.".[8][9]

  • L'Inde, une puissance en mutation, Paris, La Documentation française, 2001
  • India, 1900-1947. Un Britannique au cœur du Raj, Paris, Autrement, 2002 (about Sir Malcolm Darling (1880–1969), a famous British administrator in India, specialist of land reform and cooperative movement)
  • A National Flag for India. Rituals, Nationalism, and the Politics of Sentiment, New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2008. ISBN 81-7824-232-X.
  • Atlas historique de l'Inde : du VIe siècle av. J.-C. au XXIe siècle, Paris, Autrement, Octobre 2012.


  1. ^ "Mapping India down the ages". Deccan Herald. October 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "National Symbols under Colonial Domination. The Nationalization of the Indian Flag, March–August 1923", Past and Present, n.164, 1999, 169-197
  3. ^ Annuaire de Droit et de Religion, 2008
  4. ^ Storica, 2002, Daimon. Annuario di Diritto comparato delle Religioni, 2001, Passato e Presente, 2009
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  8. ^ Arundhati Virmani Talk Delhi events. August 9, 2009.
  9. ^ Khushwant Singh (December 13, 2008). "Fluttering in the wind". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved July 16, 2013. 

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