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CSLG Visiting Fellows Program (2003-2010) 

A Ford Foundation Grant supported the CSLG Visiting Fellows Program for seven years from 2003 to 2010. Our fellows spent a period of six months to a year, pursuing research in the broad areas of the Centre's concerns. The Centre provided Visiting Fellows with a maintenance allowance, office facilities, and a research grant. Our fellows, with some of whom we have the pleasure of sustaining earlier conversations, livened up life at CSLG. We are grateful to all of our fellows for their involvement in the life of the Centre, even after the completion of their Fellowships.

  1. Mrutyunjoy Sahu: Politics of Development, Displacement and Reconstruction. 
  2. Subir Rana: Habitual Offenders. 
  3. William F. Stafford, Jr.: Labour, Work and Informal Life. 
  4. Mathew John: Beyond Identity: Towards and Alternative Genealogy of Indian Constitutional Practice. 
  5. Saptarshi Mandal: Tracing the Medicalisation of Disability in Indian Law. 
  6. Lalit Batra: From the First India Infrastructure Report to the JNNURM: Tracing the Shifts in Urban Governance in India.
  7. Anuj Bhuwania: Legal Dimensions of Governance.
  8. U.C. Jha: Military Justice System in India. 
  9. Seema Kazi: The Role of Civil Society: Redressing the Democratic Deficit in Kashmir.
  10. Anita Abraham: Punishment for the Commission of Mass Violence: The Liability of the Law Unfastened. 
  11. Flavia Agnes: Trial Court Litigation: Negotiations between Citizenship, Patriarchy and Gender Agencies. 
  12. Dalia Wahdan: From Cycle-rickshaws to Rapid Mass Transit: A Study of the Circulation and Local Appropriation of Integrated Transport Systems in National Capital Region, Delhi.
  13. Ashok Agrawal: A Critical Evaluation of the Indian Criminal Justice System. 
  14. Maya Dodd: Archives of Democracy: Technologies of Witness in Literatures on India.
  15. Bhabani Nayak: Globalization, De-institutionalization and Hinduisation of Tribals in Kalahandi District of Orissa.
  16. Mayur  Suresh: Creating the ‘Unlawful Association’: An Examination of Law and Legal Process.
  17. Jawahar Raja: The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
  18. Manoj Srivastava: Dilemmas, Decision-making and Deliveries: Institutional Reforms and Good Governance.
  19. Pratiksha Baxi: Till Honour Does us Apart: Legislating Women’s Right to Marry.
  20. Anita Inder Singh: Governance and Social Services Delivery in New Delhi. 
  21. Ananya Vajpeyi: Law, State and Displacement in South Asia.
  22. Harsh Mander: Governance and Social Exclusion.
  23. Alexander Fischer: Changing India’s Constitution: Amendment Patterns and Characteristics of the Amendment Process in India since Independence.
  24. Balakrishnan Rajagopal: The Right to Environment and Water: An Analysis of Indian Jurisprudence and Development Practice: Issues of Compliance by Multinational Corporations with the Human Rights and Labour Principles of the United Nations Compact.
  25. Neela Mukherjee: Issues in Global Governance from the Perspective of the South: A Study of General Agreement in Trade and Services (GATS) under WTO.
  26. Videh Upadhyay: Decentralised Governance in Natural Resource Management: Exploring Legal Spaces for Inter-relationships between Panchayati Raj Institutions and Formal User Groups in Forest and Water Resources.


A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.