The Last Wish Of Manohar Parrikar Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

His Last Wish Will Make Every Indian Cry.
His Last Wish Will Make Every Indian Cry.

Four times Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passed away after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year.

Parrikar, who rose from a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to become the country’s Defence Minister and also chief minister of Goa, enjoyed a man-next-door image in the politically-volatile coastal state. He was so loved and popular that he was elected as the chief minister of Goa four times — 2000, 2002, 2012 and 2017.

After his death, Parrikar has left a huge question mark for the BJP. No one knows if his party will be able to find a mass leader with the sort of aura that Parrikar had.

PM Narendra Modi condoled the death of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar in a series of tweets and called him an exceptional administrator. Remembering him, Modi posted:

In January, PM Modi had said, “I wish my best friend well and hope he recovers soon. He is the architect of modern Goa. I salute his efforts at work despite being ill.”

On February 10 this year, Parrikar had hinted at a more active role in the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

At a meeting of BJP’s booth workers, chaired by party president Amit Shah, Parrikar said he would be making longer speeches on campaign trail. He spoke for only a couple of minutes and, given the short duration, tried to boost the morale of the party workers. “Let us come together, forget small differences and let us fight to make Modi our Prime Minister once again,” Parrikar had said.

This last wish of Manohar Parrikar for PM Narendra Modi is evident from the following post which dates back to February 13. Parrikar tweeted:

We Have Lost A Reluctant Politician Who Was the Bridge Between RSS and The Church

Mr Parrikar was seen as one of BJP’s most successful chief ministers, having established the party in a state that has a substantial Christian vote. He also enjoyed the support of the BJP’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

It was Mr Parrikar who proposed the name of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate in 2013 ahead of the 2014 national election.

A graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Bombay in 1978, he was a batchmate of technocrat Nandan Nilekani. He was the first IIT alumnus to serve as the legislator of a state and later, chief minister.

Born in Mapusa in 1955 when the state was still under Portuguese control, Mr Parrikar grew up in the Goan village of Parra and later studied at the Loyola High School in Margao. Mr Parrikar was a father of two sons, his wife Medha died in 2000 of cancer.

It was because of his clean record as Chief Minister, his tech background and strong decision-making skills that he was persuaded to join PM Modi’s cabinet as Defence Minister in 2014. Mr Parrikar admitted that he had moved to Delhi reluctantly.

Three years later, he returned to his home state as Chief Minister after several smaller parties said they would support the BJP in Goa on condition that Mr Parrikar led the government. Mr Parrikar came back, announcing that he missed the Goan staple fish and rice.

But just a year after he resumed charge in Goa, reports emerged that he was seriously unwell and was being treated for a pancreatic condition at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Foundation in New York.

After long hospital stints, Mr Parrikar even presented the budget in the Goa assembly in January. He made up for his weakened delivery with rousing words.

It was during Manohar Parrikar’s tenure as Defence Minister that the re-negotiated Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France was inked. The deal has dominated headlines since as the Congress accused PM Modi of corruption while alleging Mr Parrikar had no idea about the deal signed between the two nations.

In January, Congress President Rahul Gandhi called on Mr Parrikar to inquire about his health even as he continued to attack the PM Modi over the Rafale deal.

The controversy continued as Mr Parrikar accused Mr Gandhi of using his visit for “petty political gains”. Rahul Gandhi had said the former defence minister had told him that “he had nothing to do with the new Rafale deal.”

We can never forget your contribution in Indian Politics Manohar Parrikar sir.

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