It is with great sadness that TSEWA announces the demise Col TN Raman on 12th Apr 2020 in Chennai, after a gallant fight against cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Smt Hema Raman and son, Col Rajesh Raman (Rajput Regt).
Col TN Raman always had the welfare of ESMs at heart and worked untiringly for them ever since his retirement. He established IESM in Tamilnadu in 2008 and had been working tirelessly to spread it to all parts of Tamilnadu.
Col Raman proposed the concept of Confederation of ESM Associations, where individual ESM organisations could come under one umbrella without losing their individual identity. TSEWA took the initiative and organized the first meeting of 12 ESM associations under Col Raman’s leadership on 17 Aug 2018 at Secunderabad. His dream was fulfilled when 12 ESM Associations agreed to be members of National Confederation of ESM Organisations (NCESMO). Because of this, NCESMO was able to get two meetings organized with Hon’ble Raksha Mantri in Nov 2018 and Feb 2019.
In the later stages of his illness, when he found it difficult to even speak, his medical condition did not deter him from continuing to work for the welfare of ESM through emails, SMS and other media. He truly believed that an officer’s duty to his men does not end when he hangs up his boots and he continued to work for welfare of JCOs/OR and family pensioners.
Col Raman was a friend, philosopher and guide to TSEWA every step of the way and his sensible and practical advice was always appreciated. His loss is a great blow to the ESM community and especially to TSEWA. With the passing away of Col TN Raman, TSEWA has lost one of its pillars whose absence will be impossible to fill.
May the God Almighty rest his soul in peace and give comfort to his dear ones to bear this great loss.