Claude Arpi

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Claude Arpi, 2014

Claude Arpi is French-born author, journalist, historian and tibetologist[1][2] born in 1949 in Angoulême[3] who lives in Auroville, India. He is the author of several books including The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects,[4] and several articles on Tibet, China, India and Indo-French relations.

Claude Arpi is the director of the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture at Auroville.[5] The 14th Dalai Lama inaugurated the Pavilion, with Claude Arpi in attendance, on 20 January 2009.[6]


India–Tibet Relations (1947–1962) series:

  • Tibet: When the Gods Spoke. India Tibet Relations (1947–1962), Part 3, Vij Books, 2019. ISBN 9388161564
  • Will Tibet Ever Find Her Soul Again? India Tibet Relations (1947–1962), Part 2, Vij Books, 2018. ISBN 8193759184
  • Tibet: The Last Months of a Free Nation. India Tibet Relations (1947–1962), Part 1, Vij Books, 2017. ISBN 9386457210


  • 1962 and the McMahon Line Saga, Lancer Publishers, 2013. ISBN 9781935501572
  • India and her neighbourhood: a French observer's views, Har-Anand Publications, 2005. ISBN 978-81-241-1097-3
  • Born in Sin : The Panchsheel Agreement, The Sacrifice of Tibet, Mittal Publications, New Delhi, 2004. ISBN 9788170999744
  • Cachemire, le paradis perdu, Éditions Philippe Picquier, 2004 (in French). ISBN 2-87730-742-5
  • Il y a 50 ans : Pondichéry, Éditions Auroville Press, Auroville, 2004
  • Long and dark shall be the night : the Karma of Tibet, Éditions Auroville Press, Auroville, 2002. ISBN 8187373237
  • La politique française de Nehru, La fin des comptoirs français en Inde (1947–1954), Éditions Auroville Press, Auroville, 2002[7]
  • Tibet, le pays sacrifié, préfacé par le Dalaï Lama, Calmann-Lévy, 2000. ISBN 2-7021-3132-8.
  • The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects, Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 1999. ISBN 9788124106389


  1. ^ Sudha Ramachandran, China toys with India's border, 27 June 2008, "Claude Arpi, a French Tibetologist living in India"
  2. ^ Claude Arpi, Quotation: "Journaliste et historien, Claude Arpi vit en Inde depuis plus de 30 ans dans la cité internationale d'Auroville où il est directeur du Pavillon Tibétain."
  3. ^ India. "Claude Arpi". Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  4. ^ The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects Archived 7 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Book Review
  5. ^ Jaia Bharati (29 April 1954). "Claude Arpi". Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  6. ^ Dalai Lama Blesses Auroville Tibetan Pavilion,, 20 January 2009.
  7. ^ "La politique française de Nehru". Retrieved 12 May 2011.

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