This is terrible, unfair, heart-breaking news. It is such an awful loss to so many of us personally, to academia, and to the world. I am very fortunate to have attended many of the same conferences and workshops as Chandra over the years, and to have met some of her students when I gave a seminar at UEL. I learned so much from her. She was amazingly prolific, generous with her time and intellectual energy, incisive in her criticism and feedback, and unafraid to use her voice. Her work dealt with difficult choices and difficult circumstances and she managed to convey her ideas clearly and powerfully.
Every time we met I was struck by her strong sense of humour and her healthy irreverence. I would always leave smiling, thinking about one of Chandra’s observations about scholarship, people, politics, good (or bad) food, and good (or bad) places. She had low tolerance (and high detection capabilities) for arrogance, bullshit and injustice, but she also always knew when it was time to go for a cocktail. I will really miss her.