Capt Ghanshyam Das (retd), Ex-10 Para, he, very sadly, passed away on March 15, 2018 at Down Town Hospital, Guwahati. He was born on August 29, 1948 in Shillong.
Fondly remembered as 'Hill', a me symbolic of his character, a beacon of strength and hope, he shall always remain.
He was an alumni of St Edmunds School, Shillong and Sainik School, Goalpara. Staying true to his character, he later joined the tiol Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy.
After passing the vigorous training standards of both academies, he was commissioned into the Elite 10 Para-Special Forces (Parachute Regiment) of the Indian Army.
A brave and daring soldier, he served his country as a commando and officer. His exploits during the Chachro Raid of 1971 remains a testament of his enduring courage, grit and determition. A true 'desert scorpion'. The given me of the 10 Para Commandos.
The India-Pakistan War of 1971 was considered one of the most daring commando missions in the world, undertaken by specially-trained commandos of the elite 10 Para Regiment. The most audacious and memorable among them was the raid on Chachro, and several other Pakistani military positions.
The commandos travelled over 500 kilometres deep inside enemy territory. With little or no technology to help them, they attacked several enemy positions and returned without suffering a single casualty.
The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani armed forces signed the Instrument of Surrender on December 16, 1971, following which East Pakistan seceded as the independent state of Bangladesh.
During operation Chachro Raid, Capt Das served under Late Brig Maharaja Bhawani Singh, the last titular Maharaja of Jaipur and recipient of the Maha Vir Chakra.
As a true visiory, resolute and courageous, he continued his quest in striving to give the best of himself in equal measure, dedicating his time, patience and wisdom, helping others achieve the same.
A man who lived life to his fullest potential, possessing an indomitable strength of will, courage, optimism and humour, and a belief that every problem was an opportunity in disguise. A belief, upon which many a standard was set and no stone left unturned, a testament to his unwavering commitment at being the best.
A man of many passions, love of travel, music, good food, good company. My father's abiding passion above all was his family and friends.
Upon retiring from active duty with the 10 Para Special Forces of the Indian Army, he spent the next 40 years of his life within the family business. Serving all, with honour and a finesse.
Possessed by very few. Aspiring to instil a zest for life, his life was a commitment to family and friends. He had the power of a smile. He was selflessly loving, and in wisdom guiding. Overcoming many an obstacle and challenge, he fought to the end.
He is survived by his son David Das, daughter Tanya Das, daughter-in-law Sujata Moktan Das, grandson Shaun Das, ex-wife and best friend Alison Christine Recardo.
He is preceded in death by his sister Tripti Das, father Bharat Chandra Das, mother Kirim Bhuyan Das and grandfather Dr Suryya Kumar Bhuyan.
He was a valiant soldier and officer, a loving father, and a champion of life.
Rest in Peace.
Your loving daughter,