It is with profound sadness that we relate the death of Adhil Bakeer Markar, who was studying for a Masters in Comparative Politics here in the Department of Government at LSE.

Adhil joined the Department from Sri Lanka in September 2016 and was studying on a prestigious Chevening Scholarship. He was the son of Sri Lankan politician Imtiaz Bakeer Markar, who is Chairman of the National Media Centre in Sri Lanka. Adhil was a member of the National Youth Services Council and represented the Sri Lanka Youth Delegation at the United Nations in 2015.

Although Adhil was only at LSE for a short time, it’s clear from the responses we have already received from colleagues and friends that he will be sorely missed by all who knew and studied with him here at the school.

LSE’s Interim Director Julia Black has expressed sympathy on behalf of the whole LSE community and, as a department, we also send Adhil’s family and friends our deepest condolences.

We realise that this may be a difficult time for those who knew Adhil, so please seek help and support from LSE’s counselling services if you need it.

We have created this blog page in Adhil’s memory, which may also be of some comfort to his family and friends – thank you to all who have left messages of condolence as we remember and celebrate his life, and the links he forged here at LSE.

If you have any questions or want to talk to someone in the department, please contact

LSE Department of Government

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