After battling for one and a half years with the Pancreatic Cancer, Manohar Parrikar at the age 63 breathed his last breath on 17th March 2019 at his own residence in Panaji. Despite his illness, he worked with utter dedication where he made public appearances and inaugurated projects.
He was the most trusted leader across the political spectrum. Though he was battling cancer still he kept the “Josh high” where Parrikar with a tube attached to his nose he presented the Goa state Budget in the Assembly.
Parrikar’s early life:
Parrikar was born in 1955 in Mapusa, Goa. He did his schooling from Loyola High school. Further, he completed his metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay but he resumed working with the RSS.
Parrikar’s political career:
He began his political career with the RSS, and he won his first Assembly seat from Panaji in 1994. However, to counter the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the RSS pushed him to the BJP.
In 2000, he became the Chief Minister of Goa and served until 2002. Again from 2002-2005 he served as the CM but lost its power soon. In 2012 he again came into power, and later in 2014, he was made the Defence Minister of India in the BJP ruled NDA Government.
During his tenure as a Defence Minister of just 3 years, he played a key role in planning the 2016 surgical strike against terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
After 2017 he again took over the chief ministership of Goa again. In February 2018 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was treated in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York.
As his health declined day by day, a tube was attached in his nose, and still, he worked incessantly where he inaugurated the 5.1-km long cable-stayed bridge “Atal Setu” on the Mandovi river in Goa.
During the last few days, Parrikar had been in and out of Goa Medical College and Hospital for treatment but was mostly confined to his private residence.
After a prolonged illness on 17th of March Ram Nath Kovind announced his demise. The BJP leaders paid tribute calling him a “true patriot” and a “symbol of simplicity in politics”.
Indian political leaders mourn his death
The leaders and ardent followers of Manohar Parrikar have shared their tribute on their twitter handles.
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind tweeted:
Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 17, 2019
Here is what PM Modi has tweeted:
Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2019
A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations.
Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters.
Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/uahXme3ifp
Smriti Irani’s tweet
Manohar Parrikar leaves behind many admirers, many who looked upon him as an idol. My condolences to his loved ones, colleagues & supporters. Om Shanti 🙏🏼— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 17, 2019
The last rites
The funeral procession of Mr. Parrikar began from Kala academy in the city and thousands of party workers, leaders and supporters of Mr Parrikar joined the cortege to bid him a fond farewell.
The final rites were performed at Miramar beach with full military and state honours on March 18 evening. Former Defence Minister was given a 21-gun salute at the last rites.