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Eminent neurologist Dr Ashok Panagariya succumbs to Covid

By Prakash Bhandari in Jaipur

Internationally known neurologist Dr Ashok Panagariya of Jaipur passed away last  Friday. He died a few weeks after contracting corona that led to multiple organ problems.

Dr Panagariya, a former Principal of the famous Sawai Man Singh Medical College of Jaipur and a former Vice-Chancellor of  Rajasthan University of Health Services, was also an advisor to the Rajasthan government on health services. Former NITI Aayog chief and noted economist Dr Aravind Panagariya is his younger brother.

When Dr Ashok Panagariya was struggling for life in Jaipur’s Eternal Hospital, started by Dr Samin Sharma of  New York, the famed cardiologist sent his friend some life-saving drugs. Some US-based neurologists also sent medicines with the help of Prem Bhandari of Jaipur Foot.

Dr Pangariah was known for his exceptional knowledge about neurological disorders and its solution. He was a prolific writer on various medical-related and spiritualism-related subjects and his articles appeared in all the leading newspapers and magazines.In 2002, he was awarded the Dr B C Roy award by the Medical Council of India for his contribution to medicine and in 2014 he was awarded Padma Shri.

His death was mourned by PM Modi, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, and  Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Memoir to be released posthumously

(Photo courtesy Bloomsbury)

Ashok Panagariya’s publisher will release his memoir, “Monk in a Merc”, on June 28. It will serve as a poignant reminder for anyone looking to achieve eternal happiness and mental peace while pursuing all of life’s luxuries, material wealth and professional success.

It will pull at the heartstrings because it asks questions like: Can we find happiness and attain mental peace without relinquishing our material goals? What if we could understand why we behave and act the way we do? How does our brain really trick us into many of the decisions we make every day? What if we could actually train our brain and improve our ability to lead a more meaningful life — not only for ourselves but also for society?

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