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Ajit joined the DAE in 1964, switched in 1965 to the Faculty of Economics and became a Fellow of Queens’ College. He carried his Berkeley radicalism to Cambridge; his passionate anti-Vietnam War engagement was manifested on city streets and in Faculty corridors, and famously he systematically demolished Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart’s apologist position at the Oxford Union Teach-in of 1965. Cambridge boasted panoramic India expertise. The flow was two-way: outgoing traffic comprised a bevy of prominent Cambridge economists invited by Mahalanobis to support the Planning Commission’s theoretical exercises underpinning the nascent Indian planning process; while inflows comprised successive cohorts of Indian students including a full spectrum of now-famous names. Ajit was, and remained, closely associated with them all. Ajit successfully led a sustained student–staff campaign seeking curriculum and examination reforms to the Economics Tripos, culminating in the famous Student Sit-in of 1972; Lord Devlin’s Enquiry Report vindicated their stand.


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  • Ashwani Saith
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  1. 1.International Institute of Social StudiesErasmus University RotterdamThe HagueThe Netherlands

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