Manohar Parrikar: An ordinary person with an extraordinary Vision

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  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away on March 17, 2019. He was suffering from a severe disease called pancreatic cancer.

  • Manohar Parrikar Educational Career

  • Manohar Parrikar Political Life Under State Government of Goa

  • Manohar Parrikar Political Life Under Central Government of India

Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away on March 17, 2019. He was suffering from a severe disease called pancreatic cancer.
 

Manohar Parrikar (13 December 1955 – 17 March 2019) was an Indian politician and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. He was serving as a Chief Minister of Goa since 14 March, 2017. Previously Manohar Parrikar has served Goa as a Chief Minister from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014. He was the 10th Chief Minister of Goa. He has also served the country as a Defense Minister of India from 2014 to 2017 in the National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.


Manohar Parrikar Educational Career

Manohar Parrikar was born on December 13, 1955 in Mapusa, Goa. His full name is Manohar Gopalakrishna Parrikar. He studied at Loyola High School, Margao. He completed his secondary education in Marathi and graduated in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978.  Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a mukhya shikshak (chief instructor) in the final years of his schooling. He became a sanghchalak (local director) at the age of 26 in the RSS's North Goa unit.


Manohar Parrikar Political Life Under State Government of Goa

Manohar Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He was leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. He become Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000 but his tenure lasted only until 27 February 2002. On 5 June 2002, he was re-elected and served another term as Chief Minister. In 2007, the Parrikar led BJP was defeated in the Goa state elections by the Indian National Congress led by Digambar Kamat. His party became victorious once again in the Goa Assembly Elections held in March 2012. In his presence BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa in the 2014 General Elections.


Manohar Parrikar Political Life Under Central Government of India

After the formation of NDA government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley holds the additional charge of Ministry of Defence which was later transferred to Manohar Parrikar. In November 2014, Parrikar was appointed as the Minister of Defence. Parrikar, known for his swift and decisive decisions, was a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh. Even during the defence minister, he used to travel only in the economy classes in the plane.


Manohar Parrikar was again sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa, on March 14, 2017. He was recalled again because one of the allies had kept this demand that he would support the BJP only when Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar would be brought back to the state as Chief Minister.


Manohar Parrikar's simplicity and opposition to cleanliness also complimented. He is the leader of the country whose image is immaculate. His name did not come in any scam. Manohar Parrikar passed away on 17 March 2019 at the age of 63 years, due to advanced pancreatic cancer at his residence in Panaji. His death was announced by the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
 

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