The death of veteran politician Manohar Parrikar is not only a matter of grief for Goa but for the nation.
Parrikar’s demise has not only been mourned by his party leaders but leaders from opposition parties too mourned the death of former defence Minister.
Manohar was ailing from pancreatic cancer for over a year and finally lost the fatal battle yesterday (Sunday, March 17) leaving the sensation among the politicians.
Following his demise, Central government has announced national mourning today (March 18). The National Flag will fly at half-mast in the national capital and capitals of all States and UTs. The state funeral will be accorded to Manohar Parrikar.
Three-time Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar has also served as the defence minister.
Lesser Known Facts about the Parrikar-
Parrikar was born in a middle class family on December 13, 1955.
He belonged to the Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community which is a fish-eating Brahmins caste that resides in the western coast of India.
He began his political career as an RSS influencer.
He was an IITian from Bombay (now Mumbai).
He became Sanghchalak at the age of 26 in early 80’s of Mapusa unit.
He became the chief instructor of RSS Swayamsevak when he was in the final years of his college.
He was also a former Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh.
Parrikar was the first IIT alumnus of the country to serve as the Chief Minister of a state.
He received the Honarary doctorate by National institute of Goa on 28 September 2018.
He was awarded with the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in politics category.
He received distinguished IIT-Mumbai alumnus award in 2001.
Manohar Parrikar was inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet as the defence minister, under whose tenure India conducted the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
He lost his wife Medha in 2001.
During his tenure only, the controversial Rafale deal was also signed.
Parrikar never used any high profile government facilities. He used to live in his own house, used to travel in rickshaws and private vehicle like any other common man.
Parrikar breathed his last leaving behind two sons- Utpal and Abhijat Parrikar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will go to Goa to pay their respects to Parrikar. Chief Ministers of various BJP-ruled states are also expected to reach the state. A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called to pay condolence to Parrikar.
May his soul rest in peace! The veteran politician will always be in our memories.