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From the Editor's Desk 

1. Mahasweta Devi's Kunti and the Nishadin
A Re-visionist Text 

Madhu Singh 

2. Cross-cultural Encounters on the Bengali Stage: 
In Search of a New Theatre Semiology(?)

Abhijit Sen 

3. Indian Women Writing / Righting the Nation in and
through Fiction: A Postcolonial Perspective

Sujatha Vijayaraghavan 

4. 'The Knotted Road to Freedom'
Charanjeet Kaur 

5. Postmodern Co-existence of Multiple Identities for
Women: A Multicultural Approach 

Joydeep Bhattachayya 

6. Aesthetics of Nature: Fictional Representation of Nature
in Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya 

K. Venugopal Reddy 

7. Evolution of English Language teaching in India: 
History, Current status and the Future

Shantanu Ghosh 

8. Towards a Transnational Citizenry-Re-imagining the
University through Multi-cultural Literature

Mayuri Deka

9. The Masked Trickster: (In) visibility in
Alice Walker’s The Third Life

Seema Murugan

10. Negotiating Identities: A Study of Adrienne Kennedy’s
“The Owl Answers”

Guru Charan Behera

11. Decimation as Civilization in Colonial America:
A Theoretical Overview

Jyotirmaya Tripathy

12. Ralph Ellison's Invisble Man: A study of
Black and White Stereotypes

Kirti Kapur

13. Queering Waiting for Godot: Decentering
the Heterosexist Model

Akhil Katyal

14. Rama, Of course, is My Daughter!
Kolakaluri Enoch
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15. Review
Angelie Multani

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.