The Lohana Trading Community

Originally from Sind, the Lohana are a trading community currently living in Maharastra, Kachch, Saurashtra and Gujurat. Pierre Lachaier will continue to work on Lohana texts translated from Gujarati. His research will be published in book form in 2008. Another volume may be published in 2009. Fieldwork will be need to be undertaken in Gujarat and Mumbai prior to the publication of a study on the Lohana and pharmaceutical products.

The Nadar and their Detergent Firms

At one time considered to be almost untouchable, the Nadar community from Tamil Nadu have become skilful merchants and are now active in all the state's major agglomerations. Pierre Lachaier intends to work on putting the notes he took in missions accomplished in the last four-year period. In view of the current state of his research, further fieldwork, coordinated by the Pondicherry Centre, will be required.

Muslim Mercantile Networks

Gujarati and Sindhi Studies : societies, languages and cultures (« Club Gujarat & Sindh-Club »)

Pierre Lachaier's study of the Parisian Khoja (Gujarati-speaking Twelver Shia immigrants from Madagascar) will be completed in early 2008. The study will generate two articles (already in the process of being published). A field study to be undertaken in Paris will provide material for the publication of a third article.