August 16th

For Pondicherry, De Jure Transfer Day, 16th of August, is the day of its current identity. Pondicherry was under French control well after 1947, even when the better part of India was a free nation. Soon protests rose against the colonial government demanding a free government, culminating in Indo-French dialogues on the issue. March 13, 1954, the talks on settlement of French territories began, and the process ended with the signing of a treaty for cessation of French control, in May 1956. The treaty was cemented in the French parliament in May 1962. On 16th August 1962, there was a complete surrender of Indian territories after the exchange of instruments of ratification between the two nations.

Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam unified as the same Union Territory, from July 1st, 1963.

De Jure Transfer Day

Forget the race, visit Pondicherry. A city of bon vivants- heritage, peace, delicious food and memories in store just for you. Come once, you will come again.


Government of Puducherry