The Asianists' ASIA

Volume V (Paris) Autumn 2008

ISSN 1298-0358

An on-line academic journal for Asianophone countries


Edited by T. Wignesan


published for the

Research Centre in Asian Studies/

Centre de Recherche sur les

Etudes Asiatiques


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The Asianists' ASIA (A Magazine Site for Asianophone Countries)


[An academic journal devoted to researched articles in the humanities and social sciences, and learned essays & relevant fiction or faction, including translations, which might not easily fit into, or find a place in, the existing Asian studies publications]


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Dr. T. Wignesan



Research Centre in Comparative Poietics

& Research Centre in Asian Studies,

Paris, France




 Composed, typeset and published by T.Wignesan in Paris, France

[The printed version of this number will appear in India in 2009.]


On-line version published in December 2008by T.Wignesan




Centre de Recherches sur les Etudes Asiatiques

Association no. 0941011951

B.P. 90145, 94004 Creteil Cedex, France

NB: Responsibility for opinions expressed in the individual articles and essays rests with the authors themselves. The editor-publisher disclaims all responsibility for any transgression of the laws in vigour.

The editor invites contributions to future numbers on any subject relating to Asian peoples or Asian countries. Articles should be based on original research undertaken under bona fide circumstances. Even fictional pieces, if relevant to the theme of Asia, may be considered for publication.  

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Articles submitted and accepted for publication in this journal should not be subsequently published in another journal, be it on-line or printed, but the contributor is welcome to use it in an individual collection of his own under his signature.






Click here to read the Introduction to "Asianists' Asia", Volume 5 (December 2008)

Introduction by T.Wignesan


Click on the following URL to read the Introduction by T. Wignesan: Introduction.htm



Click on the following URL to read the thumbnail sketches of contributors: Notes on Contributors.htm





Click here to read article on Good Enough Governance in South Asia

Good Enough Governance: A Possible Governance Framework for South Asia

byProfessor Nasira Jabeen & Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal,

Professors of Public Administration,

Institute of Administrative Sciences,

University of the Punjab,

Lahore, Pakistan




Further Light on South & Southeast Asian Nationalist Struggles



Click here to read article on Tagore's Critique of Nationalism

Imagining One World: Rabindranath Tagore's Critique of Nationalism

by Professor Mohammad A.Quayum,

Department of English,

International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur





Click here to read article on Aurobindo and Bagha Jatin

Sri Aurobindo and Bagha Jatin: Elements of the Pre-Gandhian Struggle

for Independence

by Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee,

Ex-Research Fellow,

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, &

Ex-Lecturer : INALCO and University of Paris-XII,

Paris, France



Click here to read article on Ishak Haji Muhammad Malay Nationalist Precursor

The forlorn destiny of a Malay Nationalist Precursor:Isako-san

Haji Muhammad [Nov. 14, 1909Nov. 7, 1991]

by T.Wignesan,

Ex-Research Fellow,

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,

Ex-Lecturer : Sorbonne-Nouvelle and AGSIRD,

Paris, France

Literary Page



Click here to read The Iran Diaries of Yoginder Singh

The 2007 Iran Diaries of Yoginder S.S.

by Dr.Yoginder Singh Sikand,

Former Head, Centre for Studies on Indian Muslims,

Hamdard University,

New Delhi


Discussion, Letters & Opinion Page


Click here to read the essay on the "Nanjing Incident" and List of questions directed to the PRC President

The Nanking Controversy 1937-38: Why People's Republic ofChina President cannot respond to Open Questions concerning the NankingMassacre. byMoteki, Hiromichi,

Deputy Chairman and Secretary General,

Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, Japan


Click here to read this essay on Gandhiji


Gandhi, Religion and Nationalism

by Dr. Ram Puniyani, M.D.,

ex-Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai., India


Click here to read this critique on Global Outsourcing

Global Outsourcing

by Maya Kulkarni, U.S.A.


Click here to read article on Malaysia's Indian Minority


Malaysia's Ethnic Indian Minority

by Michael Backman,

Ex-London School of Economics, U.K.


Feature Page



Click here to read the feature article "The Proudlock Saga"

The Proudlock Saga

by Chung, Chee Min,

Former lecturer in Maths. & Computer Science,

Victoria Institution,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Book Reviews



Click here to read the review article on Multiculturalism in Japan

Multiculturalism in the New Japan: Crossing the Boundaries Within. Edited by Nelson H.H. Graburn , John Ertl, and R. Kenji Tierney. N.Y.-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008, ix-252p.


by Dr. Valentina GENTILE, Lecturer, LUISS University, Rome, Italy




Click here to read the review article on "The Nanking Atrocity"


The Nanking Atrocity 1937-38: Complicating the Picture. Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. N.Y.-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008, xx-433p.


by Dr. Lucy Sai-ki CHEAH, Collaborator, LUISS University, Rome, Italy



Click here to read the review of book edited by David N Gellner


Resistance and the State: Nepalese Experiences. Edited by David N. Gellner. N.Y.-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007, xv-383p.


Click here to read the reviews of books by Rio and Hoeppe


The Power of Perspective: Social Ontology and Agency on Ambrym, Knut Mikjel Rio. N.Y.-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007, xviii-270p.


Conversations on the Beach: Fishermen's Knowledge, Metaphor and Environmental Change in South India. by Geotz Hoeppe. N.Y.-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007, xix-208p.


by Research Professor Aakash Singh RATHORE,

LUISS University, Rome, Italy


Click here to read the review of the UNESCO book on Borobudur


The Restoration of Borobudur. I.G.N. Anom, Ed. Forewords by Ir. Jero Wacik, I. Gede Ardika, Ko´chiro Matsuura. Preface by Stephen Hill. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 2005, 288pp. Plates. Figures. Tables. Annexes: Tables, Glossary, Bibliography and Index.

by T. Wignesan, ex-Research Fellow, C.N.R.S., France


Click here to read the review of books


The Night Soil Man. (A Novel). By T. Wignesan. Allahabad:, 2008, 193p.

Victorian (pen-in-cheek) Vignettes & Tales (not so tall) of Timmy, the (not so very polite) Malaya Hall Cat in London. By T. Wignesan. Allahabad:, 2008, xv-207p.

by Adam Donaldson POWELL


Click here to read the review of the UNESCO book on Viet Nam


Viet Nam's Cultural Diversity: Approaches to Preservation Edited by Salemink,Oscar. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 2001, 282p.


by Dr. Valentina GENTILE and Dhruv PANDE, LUISS University, Rome, Italy



Click on the following URL to read the thumbnail sketches of contributors Notes on Contributors.htm


Aakash Singh RATHORE ; BACKMAN, Michael ; CHEAH, Sai-ki Lucy ;

CHUNG, Chee Min ; GENTILE, Valentina ; KULKARNI, Maya ; MOTEKI, Hiromichi ; MUKHERJEE, Prithwindra ; PANDE, Dhruv ; POWELL, Adam Donaldson ; PUNIYANI, Ram ; QUAYUM, Mohammad ; WIGNESAN, T. ; Yoginder Singh SIKAND.