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Dear Members of the Corps of Signals fratenity,
With grief we are posting details of our colleagues who leave for their heavenly abode. We request members to forward their "shradhanjali". Kindly share with us the photographs, fond memories and association.
We await tributes from associates/ course mates for publication.
Blog Team

RMS Tributes
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  • The Kargil Memorial
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Colonel Shanti Prakash Karir

    Yesterday, I lost a dear friend; and the course our Professor. Shanti Prakash Karir was a Dam Buster – we joined the NDA on 12 July 1961, the day the Kharakvasla dam burst, hence the name. Though we were in different squadrons, we were, sometimes, in the same class. We also had common interests, one of them being books. On a Sunday, one was more likely to find Shanti in the library than watching a movie in Poona. We came closer to each other after being commissioned into Signals, when we did the YOs course at Mhow. But I really came to know him during the three years we spent together doing the SODE course.
    I think it was during the SODE that he got his nick name ‘Professor’. He was perhaps the most well read and knowledgeable among us. A book lover, he read almost anything, and was therefore considered an ‘intellectual’ , which probably resulted in his nick name. He sometimes wrote articles for the CME Weekly and the Signalman, which were full of humour. But he was really in his element when he joined the editorial team of the Signalman, many years later. He did a fantastic job and the journal improved, in the quality of its contents as well as its general appearance. Thankfully, it was then printed in black on white, and did not resemble a film a magazine, as it does now!
    Shanti was a gentleman to the core. I am sure he must have had his faults, but I did not find any. For the last few years, his mobility was severely restricted, bit his mind was active as ever. When I got my copy of India Today and Outlook, the first thing I did was to run through Letters to the Editor. More often than not, I found a letter from him – brief, telling and purposeful. The fact that so many of his letters were accepted for publication is in itself a tribute to his talent. These journals get thousands of letters, and it is not easy to get one published. Shanti knew the score – his letters were never offensive, verbose, or irrelevant.
    The Corps will miss Shanti, and so will the Dam Busters. As some of us were talking during his funeral today, he was the fifth one of our course, in Signals, to depart. All we can do is to pray for his soul – he was a good human being, and had suffered a lot during his last years. Of course, one can never match the loss and pain of his loved ones, but as close friends and colleagues, we too will miss him. Adieu, Professor. Rest in Peace.
    Maj Gen VK Singh