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Since my father Subir Raha passed away on February 1, 2010, my family has received hundreds of letters, emails and texts from his friends and associates - professional and personal, and also many people who had never met him in person or interacted with him directly, but have yet been moved in some way by his work and his personality. Words cannot express the pride and amazement we feel at the tributes we have received, at the fond reminiscences, and at the genuine outpouring of regret that he is no more. I'm sharing as many of the tributes as has been possible for me to digitise at this moment, since the bulk of the letters and memorial notes have to be manually keyed in, and a warm thank you to everyone for taking the time to write in and share your thoughts. ~ Shuva Raha


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From the Government of India:

"I am deeply grieved to learn about the passing away of Shri Subir Raha."
T K A Nair, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, New Delhi, via post


"Shri Raha has been one of the well-known and most knowledgeable technocrat oil industry had ever known. His tenure in the oil industry started from being a Marketing Executive to reach the peak of heading India's number one 'Navratna Company' is in itself a milestone. The imprint that he has left in oil industry will inspire many to learn from his vast knowledge and experience. The industry has lost a doyen and a good human being."
Jitin Prasada, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, via post


"We lost a great son of our State. He was of great help in our strive towards the industrial development of our State. As Chairman of the Expert Committee of PCPIR constituted by the Government of West Bengal, his contribution will always be remembered."
Nirupam Sen, Minister-in-Charge, Department of Commerce & Industries, Industrial Reconstruction, Public Enterprises and Development & Planning, Government of West Bengal, via post


"I had known Subir for quite a while. He spoke his mind freely without fear or favour. He was one of the finest Chief Executives I have seen."
B K Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission


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From mentors, peers, colleagues, associates, friends and the general public, in random order:


"Mr Subir Raha was one of the most dynamic Presidents that AIMA has been privileged to have. We reached new heights of excellence during his tenure. He was a leader committed to the betterment of the cause of management and education. Personally – he has been very supportive of me since I took over AIMA in June 2008 and I feel as though I have lost a Mentor."
~ Rekha Sethi, Director General, All India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi, via email


"His untimely passing away has lost an outstanding man of great vision and a role model for others. His legacy will live on and continue to inspire the others. He was a valued colleague and friend of mine as the past president of AIMA and I would miss him."
~ Atmaram Saraogi, Founder Trustee & Honorary Director, International Centre Calcutta, via email


"I had met him a few times before and after he took over as the President of AIMA. I found him a person of extreme humility, in spite of the positions held by him, a person of great conviction and a great human being."
~ Prof. (Dr) Suresh Ghai, Director, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai & President, Bombay Management Association, via email


"Mr Subir Raha was a man of integrity, strong will and determination. He was a credit to the ONGC, the public sector and to India."
~ S L Rao, via email


"I had the privilege to meet him many times."
~ Hitesh M Mehta, via Facebook

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