Here are all the Manohar Parrikar facts, life achievements and awards.
Shri Manohar Parrikar served as the Chief Minister of Goa three times. He was born on 13 December 1955 and died (at the age of 63) in office on 17 March 2019. He has been an able politician who is admired throughout the country for his outstanding deeds, simplicity and courage. His simple living high thinking attitude could be seen in his conduct. He appeared with a tube in his nose in the Goa assembly to present the Budget. He was often seen commuting on his scooter and barely used the Ministerial benefits.
From the last one year, he was undergoing treatment for Pancreatic Cancer. He died at his residence at Panaji, Goa.
The recent death of Shri Manohar Parrikar has left the entire country baffled. President Ram Nath Kovind announced the sad demise of Chief Minister of Goa through a tweet: “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.”
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
Ex-Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar facts, life achievements and awards:
- He was born in Mapusa, Goa and completed his primary education from Loyola High School, Margao and secondary education in Marathi.
- He was a graduate in metallurgical engineering from the premier Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (then IIT Bombay) in 1978.
- In 2001, Parrikar was awarded ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by IIT Mumbai for being the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of a state in India.
- He has served as:
- Chief Minister of Goa three times from 14 March 2017 to 17 March 2019, March 2012 to November 2014 and October 2000 to February 2005.
- Minister of Defence from November 2014 to March 2017 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
- Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from August 2017 to March 2019 and from 1994 to November 2014
- Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from November 2014 to September 2017
- He became an active member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age. He went onto become the Chief Instructor of RSS in his final years at school.
- He continued with his RSS work after graduating from IIT, Mumbai and was an active member of the RSS’s North Goa unit.
- Parrikar has many awards and accolades to his name:
- On 28 September 2018, he was awarded ‘Honorary Doctorate’ by National Institute of Technology, Goa.
- In 2012, he won the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award in the politics category.
- In 2001, he was awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award IIT-MUMBA.
- Parrikar government invited criticism from certain educationists for turning over 51 government primary schools in rural areas to Vidya Bharati, the educational wing of the Sangh Parivar.
- During his tenure as the Defence Minister of India, armed forces of the country carried out two surgical strikes across the international borders. The first surgical strike was against Naga rebels, Myanmar and the second strike was against the terror attack in URI.