To Barney

Bernard Bate (Barney to all) was a profoundly gifted scholar of Tamil language and an anthropologist. He was currently a Humanities Fellow at Stanford– while being the HoS of Anthropology at Yale-NUS in Singapore. His sudden passing has left all of us who knew him and admired him and loved him in profound shock. He was 52. This is a great loss. Just a few days ago, he gave a wonderful talk at Berkeley on Tamil oratory.

Barney visited CM often and he commented with glee and I know that he liked the spirit and style of our work. Here is a tweet that captures his spirit well.

We will miss him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

One Reply to “To Barney”

  1. Thanks for sharing news of this video. I am stunned by Barney’s sudden death. It was comforting, sad and inspiring to see and hear him speaking with characteristic eloquence in English and Tamil at Berkeley, just a short while ago –and sharing his exciting work on Subramanya Bharati and the birth of Tamil modernity /oratory/political discourse.

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