Cambridge to the End: The Final Battle
One obituary writer referred to Ajit as the Professor of Courage, an epithet entirely appropriate in view of the inspiring dignity, relentless determination and unfaltering grace with which he contended with the predations of Parkinson’s disease that struck him at the early age of 42. Ajit refused to let the adversity slow him down, let alone ground his academic travels and pursuits, and he proudly pointed to his greater research productivity during the middle decades of this prolonged battle. In this odyssey with its inescapable and foretold end, he was supported by dedicated bands of caring carers—family and students, personal and professional assistants—who collectively kept him going against all odds. “We were his arms and legs, he was the thinker” were the poignant words of a close associate. Ajit was propped up reading his colleague and friend Luigi Pasinetti’s Cambridge and the Cambridge Keynesians when time ran out.
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