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Remembering Pandian

M S S Pandian, who passed away in New Delhi after a cardiac arrest on 10 November 2014, at the age of 57, was among the younger members who joined the editorial collective of the Subaltern Studies in 1990. A few of us had known him from the time he was a PhD student at the University of Madras, working on agrarian change in colonial Nanchilnadu. Trained in the formal methods of economic history and Marxian political economy, he was already curious about ways to extend his academic work into the fi elds of politics and culture.

After completing his PhD in 1987, he joined the faculty of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, where he came into contact with a wide range of scholars in different disciplines of the social sciences, including many of us who were then involved in Subaltern Studies. It was in Calcutta that Pandian converted his PhD thesis into a book manuscript that was published in 1990 as his first book, The Political Economy of Agrarian Change: Nanchilnadu 1880-1939. It was also there that he made his initial forays into the field of cultural politics by writing his first paper on the MGR phenomenon.

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