The Director, members of faculty & administration along with the students of IIM Shillong honoured the legacy of late. Mr. Manjunath Shanmugam by holding a candlelight vigil and a march to mark his 11th death anniversary. About a hundred participants gathered to show their solidarity towards the cause and pay their respects to the venerable brave heart.
Fondly remembered by his friends as Machan, Mr. Manjunath was working to curb oil adulteration in his capacity as a Sales Officer at Indian Oil Corporation when he was murdered on 19th November, 2005 by a group of vandals that included a gas station owner and seven of his accomplices. Every year, on this day, students across all IIMs and other B-schools participate in this endeavour of awakening nation-wide consciousness through a candle light march. This memorial is conducted in collaboration with the Manjunath Shanmugam Trust (MST), an international corporate community initiative which works to improve governance in Indian public life.
The vigil was preceded by an eulogy for Mr. Manjunath that recounted his contributions in the fight against corruption. Prior to starting the march, all participants took a Pledge of Integrity, committing themselves to the cause of uprooting corruption and upholding the values that Manjunath stood for. The participants then marched from the institute premises to the Nongthymmai Presbyterian Church, where candles were placed around a photograph of Mr. Manjunath, followed by a minute of silence to conclude the vigil.
The legacy of Manjunath Shanmugam, a symbol of integrity and values to all citizens of India, has gone beyond the IIM community to become an inspiration for the whole country. It is with this realisation that the students of IIM Shillong came together to ensure that his memory lives on.