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We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Purandar Das, a long-time supporter and one of the founding members of the South Asia Institute at Harvard. Mr. Das was thoroughly committed to advancing South Asia- related research at Harvard, as well as several educational initiatives worldwide. He was essential to the creation and development of the recently renamed, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University. We are eternally grateful for the guidance and support he provided us. We convey our sincere condolences to Mrs. Das and their family and wish for strength to cope with the loss.