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Speaking in Tongues: The Politics of Language in India 
Pavithra Narayanan

Rana Dasgupta's Tokyo Cancelled: A Novel without Borders 
Nishat Haider

Ninety-Nine New Ambassadors of Peace: An Interview with Naif Al-Mutawa, Creater of Superheroes based on Islam 
Hiba Aleem

Recasting Epic through the Idiom of Tamil Folk Theatre: Projecting Androgyny as a Parallel Text in Mangai's Frozen Fire (Pani-T-Thee) 
S. Chitra

"Oh My God, the fan fiction!": Fan-produced Narratives and the Harry Potter Phenomenon 
Lakshmi Menon

"Slightly Confrontational": Sunil Gupta's Postcolonial Homographesis in Mr. Malhotra's Party 
Niladri R. Chatterjee

The Creative Writing Course: History, Pedagogy, Location 
K. Srilata

Questioning Monarcholatry: A New Historicist Reading of Ruswa's 
Umrao Jan Ada 

Omendra Kumar Singh

Generic Conditions of the Novel and Nation 
Kamalakar Bhatt

Are Public Examination Scores in English Reliable Indicators of Students' Langauge Proficiency? 
Evangeline Sabina Rajasekar
S. Devaki Reddy

Reinventing Brand Bollywood: Consumption and Consumerism in Global Indian Cinema 
Swapnil Rai

Damn Cheap 
Translated from the original Telugu 
C.L.L. Jayaprada

The Dialectics of Form and Content in the Nineteenth Century French Short Story 
Ena Panda

Critiquing the Self: Qurratulain Hyder and Political-Cultural Historiographies of the Indian Sub Continent 
Fatima Rizvi



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.