François Gautier

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Francois Gautier
Born (1959-07-26) 26 July 1959 (age 55)
Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val-de-Marne
Occupation Journalism
Spouse Namrita Bindra Gautier

François Gautier, born 1959 at Fontenay-sous-Bois, in Val-de-Marne, France, is a writer and journalist based in India. He came to India at the age of 19 and spent his first eight years at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the "international city" of Auroville in Tamil Nadu. He has been living in India since the 1970s and is married to an Indian.


Francois Joseph Georges Gautier was born on 26 July 1959 at Fontenay-sous-Bois near Paris to Jacques Gautier, an artist in France and Andree Gautier. His uncle was Father Guy Gautier, the parish priest of the beautiful Saint Jean de Montmartre Church in Paris. He was brought up in a traditional Christian family. He had a strict upper-class Catholic education, but never really fitted in the system. He revolted against it quite early. He was sent to many famous boarding schools all over Europe. His family wanted him to be a businessman. He attended an American business school in Paris called IDRAC, but his interest was in writing. He quit to work in a small newspaper, which quickly folded. He tried his hand at script-writing and wrote the script for a film for a friend whose father, a famous film director, had given him 30,000 francs. The film was never released and soon after, he left for India when he just turned 19. He has lived in India since 1978, and has been associated with Auroville in Tamil Nadu.


He wrote for a national daily based in Paris. Thereafter after living for eight years in the Sri Aurobindo ashram in Puducherry, he resumed writing for various national and international papers but this time about Indian affairs.

During the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi, Gautier chanced upon an article on the Games in a French newspaper, which he found to be full of cliches regarding India. He wrote a letter of correction to the editor in chief, who offered Gautier the chance to write an article; that was his beginning in journalism.[1] In 2001 Gautier gave the inaugural Dr Stanley Samartha Memorial lecture at the Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue on the subject The need for inter-religious dialogue.[2]

Gautier writes for the online website, The New Indian Express, Dainik Bhaskar, Sahara Samay, Outlook and The Sunday Indian. He has also authored the "The Ferengi’s Column" in The Indian Express and "The French Connection" column in the The Pioneer.

Among his books are Un autre Regard sur l'Inde (Editions du Tricorne, Geneva-Paris);[3] Arise O India (Har Anand 1999),[4] Cry O my beloved India [5]A Western journalist on India (Har-Anand 2001), India's Self Denial (Editions Auroville Press, 2001)[6] and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a guru of Joy (India Today Book Club, 2002).[7]

Gautier has written spoof articles before every general elections of the Lok Sabha since 1999, about Nostradamus having predicted the results of the elections, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party invariably defeats the Indian National Congress party and leads the development of the nation, although some aspects of the predictions change with every article.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Books in English[edit]

Books in French[edit]

  • Un autre regard sur l'Inde,(Another look at India) éditions du Tricorne, 2001. ISBN 2-8293-0189-7
  • Swami, PDG et moine hindou,(Swami, CEO and Hindu monk) éditions J.-P. Delville, juin 2003. ISBN 2-84898-003-6
  • La caravane intérieure, (Domestic caravan)les Belles Lettres, Paris, 2005 ISBN 2-251-72000-6
  • Femmes en Inde,(Women in India) Albin Michel, à paraître, 2004 ISBN 2-226-14226-6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Rediff Interview/ Francois Gautier". Rediff. 12 February 1999. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Arun Shourie to deliver Stanley Samartha memorial lecture". Asia Pacific Ecumenicaql News. September 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
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  4. ^ Arise Again O India: Francois Gautier: Books
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  7. ^ Guru of Joy: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and The Art of Living: Francois Gautier: Books
  8. ^ Gautier, Francois (1999-10-11). "Nostradamus on BJP, Sonia and ...". Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  9. ^ François Gautier (2001). "The Renaissance of India". A Western Journalist on India: The Ferengi's Columns. Har-Anand Publications. pp. 161, 162, 163, 164. ISBN 978-81-241-0795-9. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Gautier, Francois (1999-10-11). "Nostradamus on BJP, Sonia and ...". Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  11. ^ Richard Smoley (19 January 2006). The Essential Nostradamus (Ebook). Penguin Group US. ISBN 978-1-4406-4984-4. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  12. ^ François Gautier (2003). Rewriting Indian History. India Research. p. 90. ISBN 978-81-87943-27-3. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Gautier, Francois. "Nostradamus And The BJP". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Gautier, Francois (2009-04-05). "Nostradamus sees saffron!". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  15. ^ Gautier, Francois. "NOSTRADAMUS AND 2014 ELECTIONS". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Gautier, Francois. "NOSTRADAMUS AND 2014 ELECTIONS". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Sengupta, Pallavi (21 May 2014). "Narendra Modi kite to fly high, read what 400 yr old prediction says". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Sengupta, Pallavi (27 May 2014). "India PM prophecy". Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "TV9 News: Nostradamus 400 Yr Old Prediction Says; Modi As PM". 22 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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