Girish has been and will continue to be one of the most influential persons in my life. He was a mentor, guide, friend and family to me - and he had this knack of fitting into these roles depending on what my need was at any given time. No doubt he is a huge loss to our community, for his intelligence, his guidance, his brilliance. He has left a big void in my life. But I also know the biggest tribute to him would be to carry on working and standing by our collective ideals and living his dreams. I really miss him.
Girish was always around to make a call to and learn from. He talked with passion and backed with the strength of knowledge. He was always patient, warm and modest. Even when he replied to perhaps the most inane queries. His demise is a shock but am sure the warmth he shared remains intact with us.
The terrible news of Girish's death has left me saddened and shocked. He was one of the very rare people that combine deep expertise, and incorruptible judgment with passion for the cause and a fine, gentle personality. I feel privileged to have met Girish, even if it was only a few, relatively short times.
He gave a video interview to my partner Marian during his stay in Durban in December 2012. It was the last time I have seen him before the terrible news about his passing away reached us. Marian and I feel that we owe it to Girish and his friends worldwide to make this interview available.
You find the interview here: www.postfossil.net/?p=423 . As it was meant to reach an international audience, the issues that are discussed are certainly not news to Indian energy experts. But maybe you'll enjoy seeing Girish.
This is deeply disturbing and very sad. He was my project guide last semester and I savor the moments spent in his presence. He was not just extremely knowledgable but also very humble and a great mentor. I will always miss him.
I was totally shocked by the news of Girish's sudden death. He was so unassuming and humble, yet so very competent and learned. I had known him for quite some time and admired his integrity and simplicity, apart from his very solid technical expertise. I have gained immensely from my interactions with him and by reading what he published. He will be sorely missed but I am sure Prayas will demonstrate its resilience.
I would consider myself fortunate that i was associated Girish Sant for more than a decade.
When i first met him, i had just started a small company, his the person who gave chance to work with Prayas for computer hardware and software. Girish was the person under whose guidance i had independently designed my first software.He was very approachable, dedicated person He had stood by me in my difficult situations.
This is a personal loss to me which cannot recovered.
This is really a shocking and sad news. We have lost one of the crusaders of low carbon growth. He will be remembered for the in depth analysis of issues and pragmatic views.
Girish had a knack of grasping the key underlying strengths and weakness of policy and putting across his view point in a constructive manner.
Extremely well networked, his sudden demise is a loss to the energy sector in India.
May his soul rest in peace.
Girish came across as a truly intellectual, extremely selfless and a genuine person. I have learnt immensely from him and his writings. This thoughts always provoked us to think better in our work. I will always miss his presence as a guide and a friend.