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December 2009

Ranjan Das, President and CEO Indian Subcontinent of the software giant SAP, passed away at the young age of 42. It is almost impossible to describe in words his multitude of talents and qualities. Apart from being a brilliant individual and a top notch professional, Ranjan was a wonderful human being with firm family values rooted in humility and compassion.

 

Ranjan Das, Managing Director of SAP INDIA LTD is no more ! He was 42 years old and considered, by many Corporate Gurus, as the ‘Wizard of the Business Management”. His passing away has created a void in the world of international business. The obituary of Ranjan appeared in National and International electronic & print media all over the world including The WALL Street Journal to Economic Times to quote a few. Assam remained mute spectator to this sad incident, perhaps, in agony; no Assamese knew how to react!

Who was Ranjan Das? If I posed this question today, I would hear a myriad answers. Someone who knew him during his adolescence would say “Ranjan Das was a brilliant boy from Uzanbazar, Guwahati who received full scholarship to do his Bachelor’s at MIT.” Those who first encountered him in the San Francisco Bay area would remember his education at Harvard Business School followed by his meteoric rise up the ranks at SAP, peaking as the CEO of SAP, India. While these are extraordinary milestones in the life of a brilliant man, there is one common thread that ties all of them together.

I first met Sunil da at ASSAM 2005 Assam day celebration in Orlando and since then we kept in contact till his serious illness.

Uddipana Goswami’s poetry collection titled “We Called the River Red: Poetry from a Violent Homeland” was recently published by Author’s Press, Delhi. This publishing house has also earlier published poetry by Jayanta Mahapatra.

Uddipana has been talking at various forums – most recently at the ICRC-WFS seminar on ‘Women in Conflict Zones: Survivors and Peace Makers’ on 22 September 2009 at IIC, Delhi – on poetry being both personal and political and on the need for more politically conscious literature.

During one of our annual visits to Assam, our young son, felt very distraught when he noticed rickshaw wallas and poor children without any footwear.

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