Legendary BBC journalist Sir Mark Tully, Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan and Knight of the Round Table, launched Subir Bhaumik’s latest book” Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India’s North East” published by Sage at the Calcutta British Council in a ceremony , in which 90 invitees, including top diplomats and Calcutta personalities attended. Despite pouring rain, they all turned up. Former British minister Ian Macartney, US consul-general Beth Payne, UK deputy high commissioner Sanjay Wadhwani, Chinese consul-general Mao Siwei and many other diplomats joined in.
On behalf of the Binapani Puja Committee, we the following office bearers desire to reveal the undernoted facts for favour of your kind perusal, necessary considerations and actions there of, as may deem fit.
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.
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.
Ranjan Das, 42, President of SAP India and a native of Guwahati, passed away on Wednesday, October 21st, in Mumbai after falling unconscious after a workout at his home gym.
Dear members of the Assamese community in North America,
It is with a sad heart that I bear the following news - our dearest Sunilda (Nath) of Florida passed away early morning Mon (7th Sept) due to complications from a stroke. With his passing, we have lost a big hearted and elder member of the Assamese community in North America. Those of us who knew him personally will miss him dearly. I saw him and his wife (Abha baideu) only last fall – difficult to believe that he’s no longer with us- really sad news. May his soul rests in eternal peace.