Nagaland CM, others mourn Raghu Menon’s death

The Chief Minister of Nagaland TR Zeliang on Thursday led the State and others in mourning the death of former State bureaucrat Raghu Menon, a Nagaland cadre 1974 batch IAS (Retd) Officer, who passed away on October 11 in Mumbai. Condolences also pour in from far and wide over his demise.


Expressing his shock to learn about the demise, the Chief Minister of described late Raghu Menon as a “personal friend for many years.”


Being in the Government of Nagaland or the Government of Nagaland, Late Menon always worked in the interest of Nagaland and his immense contribution to the State in various capacities will never be forgotten by the Naga people, the CM said in a message.


“I, on behalf of the Government of Nagaland, convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and pray to the Almighty for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace,” stated the message addressed to the late Menon’s wife Rashmi Menon.


Home Commissioner: Expressing his pain and sadness over the demise, the Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhishek Singh IAS said that the State has lost one of finest officers and a through gentleman. Late Menon was the one finest officer I have ever worked under and had learnt a lot from him – both administrative skills and personal management, Singh said in a message.


“I was DC Mokokchung where he (late Menon) had served for some 20 years before and people had fond memories of his tenure,” he added. “My deepest condolences to all family members and pray to God that the departed soul may Rest in Peace.”


IAS Association, Nagaland: The IAS Association of Nagaland expressed its profound grief and sorrow on the untimely demise of Raghu Menon.


He was a much respected and brilliant member of the service. He contributed immensely in various capacities, both in the State as well as Government of India and his passing away has left a big void, the association said in a message from its President Sentiyanger IAS.


“In this hour of grief, we offer our deepest condolence to you and the children,” the association said in the message addressed to the deceased wife Rashmi Menon,


Jane Alam IAS, Joint Secretary, Minority Affairs, GoI: Extremely sorry to learn about the untimely demise of Mr Raghu Menon. Will never forget how he helped and encouraged his younger cadre mates like me. May his soul rest in peace and May God give courage and fortitude to the family to bear this irreparable loss.


Amardeep S Bhatia IAS, Joint Secretary, Corporate Affairs, GoI: He may have gone but the affection, the big laugh and the disarming smile, the help and guidance he extended will always remain with us. May you rest in peace sir!


SY Quraishi, IAS (retd), Former Election Commissioner of India: Extremely sad to know this. We worked together in 80s. What a gentleman he was. May his soul rest in peace.


Naved Masoof IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to Government of India (GoI): Extremely sorry to learn of the passing away of Menon who was for quite some time a neighbour. A good natured person and a fine human being. RIP.


AM Gokhale, IAS (Retd), Former Chief Secretary (CS), Nagaland: We just missed meeting the family. We fondly remember our days together in Phek in late seventies. Raghu’s suffering in the end was too long. He was relieved. RIP. Rashmi, appu, bhavna – may u all have the loss bravely.


Lalhuma, IAS (Retd), Former CS, Nagaland: Shocked to learn of Raghu’s untimely demise, May the Good Lord comfort Rashmi and children in their hour of grief and strengthen them in the trying times ahead without his presence.


Lalthara, IAS (Retd), Former CS, Nagaland: My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Raghu Menon. He was a very good officer and a really good soul. RIP.


Banuo Jamir, IAS (Retd) Former CS, Nagaland: Our deepest, heartfelt condolences to Rashmi, Aparna, Bhavna and family members – we are so sorry to learn of the passing of Raghu. We were very hopeful that he was recovering. Raghu was not just an exemplary officer – he was a very dear friend. RIP Raghu.


L Colney, IAS (Retd), Former CS, Nagaland: Just heard the sad news from here. Feeling so very sad. May be good to send condolence message to his wife in Assn’s behalf too.


Anil Kumar, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to GoI: Very sad to hear about Raghu. Our condolences to the family.


KM Chaddha, IAS (Retd): We have lost an excellent officer. He was an example for many of us. My heartfelt condolences to Rashmi and other family members.


HK Khulu, IAS (Retd): Sincere heartfelt condolences on the demise of Raghu Menon. May God Almighty grant strength and solace to the bereaved family to tide over this tragic loss. May his soul rest in eternal in eternal peace. We will miss him but will cherish the fond memories of the times spent together.


VN Gaur IAS (Retd): Can’t believe that he has left us. We will greatly miss a dear friend. RIP. Our deep condolences to Mrs Menon and family.