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From the Editor's Desk 

1. Problema tics of Female Identity in Tahar 
Ben Jelloun's La Nuit de f'erreur 

Shonu Nangia 

 2. A Case of Cultural and Linguistic Marginalization: 
Catalan Language during the Franco Era in Spain (1939-1975) 

Ramon Bassai Martin & Anil Dhingra 

 3. Marginal writer-narrators: Melquiades, Juan
Preciado and the Unborn Christopher 

Indrani Mukherjee 

 4. The Defiance of the Marginalised - the Aboriginal 
Australian Experience 

Santosh K. Sareen 

 5. Women and Resistance: A study of Ngugi wa
Thiong'o and Mahashweta Devi 

Nandini C. Sen 

6. War and Peace 
Neelum Saran Gaur 

7. The Dalit in Traditional Asian Societies and
the Culture of Protest 

Devendra Chaubey 

8. Articulating in a Foreign Tongue: Dalit Representation
in the Indian Novel in English 

Subhendu Mund 

 9. Re- Viewing the Marginal: Two Short Stories from Tamil 
B. Mangalam 

 10. Two Poems by Challapalli Swarupa Rani
Translated from the original Telugu by 
Alladi Vma and M Sridhar 

 11. Yet Another English 'Gift': The Role of English Bhikkhus
in Indian Dalit Buddhist Conversions (1970-1990) 

Debjani Ganguly 

12. From the Margins of History: Agnes Smedley
and Virendranath Chattopadhyay 

Meenakshi Mukherjee 

 13. Part of My Flesh: The Subversive Jewish
Voice of Nissim Ezekiel 

Daphna Erdinast- Vulcan 

 14. A Conversation with Mahesh Dattani 
Angelie Multani 

 15. Mythical and the Real: Protest and Marginalisation
Vibha S. Chauhan 

 16. The Category of Power: Polarities and Epistemologies
Jasbir Jain 

 17. Concept of Time and Tense in JERO, the Great Andamanese 
Vaishna Narang 

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.