Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at the age of 63 today. He was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer since February last year. His demise has plunged the nation into sorrow. Tributes for Parrikar, who was known for his simplicity and humbleness, have been pouring from political leaders and public alike.
Here are some lesser known facts about Parrikar:
Manohar Parrikar was born on 13 December, 1955 in Mapusa, Goa to Gopalkrishna Parrikar and Radhabai Parrikar.
He did his schooling from Margao and completed his schooling from Loyola High School.
In 1978 he had done metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay.
Since his school days till his death he was a member of RSS.
At the age of 26, he became a Sanghachalak (local RSS unit head) .
He was married to Medha Parrikar in 1981 and blessed with two sons, Utpal who is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Michigan State University and Abhijat who is a local businessman.
In 1988 he joined BJP and in 1994 he won the Panaji Assembly seat in Goa by defeating Congress’ Keshav Laxmidhar.
Parrikar became India’s first IITian to become an elected MLA.
In Goa Assembly, he was the leader of the opposition from June to November in 1999.
Parrikar became Chief Minister of Goa on 24 October 2000 and also became the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state.
Just few months before taking oath as CM in 2000, his wife died due to cancer.
He travelled on his own scooty or Innova in Goa with very less security.
He was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT-Bombay in 2001.
His first government lasted till 27 February 2002 but he was re-elected on 5 June 2002.
In November 2014, Parrikar was chosen as the Defence Minister replacing Arun Jaitly. During his tenure, the controversial Rafale deal was also signed.
During his tenure as Defence Minister, India carried out two surgical strikes- one against Naga rebels in Myanmar and the other against terror launch pads in PoK.
Parrikar returned as Goa CM on March 14, 2017, after the BJP managed to cobble up an alliance in the coastal state to keep the BJP out of power.
After complaining about the stomach pain, Parrikar was first admitted on February 14, 2018 in Goa Medical College.
Manohar Parrikar had been in and out of the hospitals after being diagnosed of advanced pancreatic cancer. He had undergone treatment in the United States as well as Delhi.
With a tube in his nose, he appeared in the Goa assembly to present Budget and inspected government projects.
He is quite well-known for his humility and modest lifestyle. He used to wear Kolhapuri chappals.
When he was made the Defence Minister, he jokingly told a journalist whether he will be allowed to wear Kolhapuris.
Nandan Nilekani and Jairam Ramesh were his batchmates in IIT Bombay.
In January 2019 he said that he will serve Goa till his last breath and so did he. At the age of 63, he passed away on 17 March, 2019 at his residence in Panaji, Goa due to pancreatic cancer.