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Contribution to the History of the Wheeled Vehicle in India

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Jean Deloche

Foreword

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  • 2 Deloche 1993, vol. I; original French edition, Deloche 1980.

1This work is the outcome of various studies. Initially, our purpose was to gather information on the carriages of the Mughal period in order to complete a general study on Transport and Communication in India prior to Steam Locomotion, since then published,2 but as the documents concerning this period are insufficient in this particular field (a few literary sources, a rare iconography), we had to considerably extend the scope of our investigation in terms of time. We tried, on the one hand, to gather the various sources of the earlier period, by making an inventory of the representations provided by archaeology, and, on the other hand, to accumulate as much information as possible concerning today’s carriages: a thick dossier from which the elements of this study have been taken.

2The synthesis put forward here is provisional. For years we have amassed notes, indexes and outlines, which periodically, following a visit to a monument, a reading or a meeting, were improved or changed, each explicit question raising a further question, each unproven hypothesis being reconsidered. We could continue ad infinitum. It was time to stop and communicate the fruits of this work to others.

  • 3 In the first place I am thankful to the draftsmen of the French Institute of Pondicherry for makin (...)

3I wish to express my gratitude to all those who, by their kindness, competence and knowledge, have helped with the completion of this book.3

Notes

2 Deloche 1993, vol. I; original French edition, Deloche 1980.

3 In the first place I am thankful to the draftsmen of the French Institute of Pondicherry for making the line drawings that illustrate this study. I am also deeply indebted to the friends, travellers and scholars who so kindly furnished photographs: André Bongibault, Bruno Dagens, the late Françoise L’Hernault, Michael W. Meister, Michel Plisson, the late Marie Louise Reiniche, Guillermo Silva, Isabelle Szelagowski and Lotika Varadarajan.

© Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2014

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