Prof. M.S. Narasimhan, one of India’s most eminent mathematicians, passed away on 15 May 2021. Prof. Narasimhan had a close association with ICTS since its inception. He was a member of the International Advisory Board till March 2013. ICTS is grateful for his constant support and advice. In this issue, we remember Prof. Narasimhan with tributes from his friends, colleagues and family. We also present Prof. P.P. Divakaran’s detailed account of how a Pan-Indian cultural identity was created.