Nation Bids Tearful Adieu to True Patriot, Quintessential Swayamsevak, Exceptional Administrator & Real Aam Admi CM Manohar Parrikar
   18-Mar-2019

 
With President Ram Nath Kovind announced the passing away of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, tributes are pouring in from all quarters, cutting across political lines. Parrikar breathed his last at his residence near Panaji on Sunday. He had been ailing for the last few months.
 
Manohar Parrikar had undergone treatment at AIIMS, Delhi, and a private hospital in Mumbai and in the US. Manohar Parikkar was four-time Chief Minister of Goa.
 
Born on December 13, 1955, in Goa’s Mapusa, Parrikar completed his schooling from Loyola High Schol and graduated from IIT-Bombay in metallurgical engineering in 1978. He married Medha Parrikar and the couple was blessed with two sons. However, in 2000, his wife died of cancer.
 
Parrikar was an ideal swayamsevak throughout his life. He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a mukhya shikshak in the final years of his schooling. After graduating from IIT, he continued to work for Sangh as a Karyakarta in Mapusa while maintaining a private business. Later he became Sanghchalak at the age of 26. He was also a key organiser of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in North Goa.
 
In a condolence message, RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi said that the nation has lost a knowledgeable leader, a good administrator, a model citizen and a devoted Swayamsevak with the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa and former Defence Minister of India Shri Manohar Parrikar. They also prayed for the Sadgati for the departed soul.
 

 
 
Taking to Twitter, Kovind said, “Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness was 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.”
 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid his tribute to the former defence minister. He tweeted, "Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. 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."
 
 
Cabinet condoles sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar
 
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has condoled the sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister on 17th March, 2019 at Panaji, Goa. The Cabinet observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Late Shri Manohar Parrikar.
 
The Cabinet has also approved observing one day of mourning by the Government of India and flying the National Flag at half-mast on 18th March, 2019 in all the States/UTs Capitals including Delhi and throughout State of Goa.
 
The Union Cabinet further approved following condolence Resolution in the profound memory of Shri Manohar Parrikar:
 
“The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa in the evening of 17th March, 2019 at Panaji, Goa. In his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of commoners.
 
Born on December 13, 1955 at Mapusa, Goa, Shri Parrikar was educated at Loyola School, Margao and later graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in 1978. Before entering politics, Shri Parrikar had joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a Mukhya Shikshak (Chief Instructor) in the final years of his schooling itself. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa and became a Sanghchalak at the age of 26.
 
As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shri Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24th October, 2000 and continued till 27th February, 2002. He was re-elected as Chief Minister on 3rd June, 2002 and served till 2nd February, 2005. He became Chief Minister of Goa for the third time on 9th March, 2012 and continued till 8th November, 2014. On 9th November, 2014, Shri Parrikar became Union Minister of Defence and continued till 13th March, 2017, he was again sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa on 14th March, 2017.
 
Shri Parrikar will be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator. His contribution to the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India’s Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex.-Servicemen will never be forgotten.
 
Shri Parrikar was awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by IIT Mumbai in 2001, Honorary Doctorate by National Institute of Technology, Goa in 2018 and the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Award in 2018, among others. He is survived by his two sons.
 
The Cabinet extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the people of Goa on behalf of the Government and the entire Nation.”


Nation Pays Tribute to Manohar Parrikar
 
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Manohar Parrikar.He fought bravely against his disease & I always hoped that he will beat it.Despite his deteriorating health,he put Nation first & worked for it till his last breath. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with his family: Former President Pranab Mukherjee

India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
 
"Manohar Parrikar ji is no more with us, it's not only a loss for BJP but also for the society. From modernization of the forces to the first surgical strikes under PM Modi's leadership, he gave a good account of his administrative qualities. Manohar Parrikar ji’s demise is extremely painful. In him, the nation has lost a true patriot who selflessely dedicated his entire life to the country and ideology. Parrikar ji’s commitment towards his people and duties was exemplary: BJP President Amit Shah

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “BJP has faced a huge loss with the demise of Manohar Parrikar. Besides being a party member, he was a close friend of mine. He isn't with me today and I am personally very pained by this. I am leaving for Goa immediately.”
 
“Deeply saddened and pained by the demise of my dear friend and Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar. He was known for his honesty, integrity and simplicity. He served the nation and the state of Goa with great diligence. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.
 
 
Saddened to know about the demise of senior BJP leader Shri Manohar Parrikar ji, Chief Minister of Goa. He always led by example in his public life & was loved by masses. He will be missed by everyone of us. May God render peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti ॐ शान्ति: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
 
Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest & sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri.Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean & mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
 
 
Extremely saddened to know about the sad demise of our beloved and stalwart leader Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji. His exemplary leadership will continue to inspire us and serve as a benchmark: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
 
A leader, a mentor, a friend- Parrikar Sir meant all that & more to my family. But then every Goan can say the same for that was the persona of Manohar Parrikar. He taught me dignity in the face of adversity, loyalty in tough times & perseverance so that determined goals are met: Union Minister Smriti Z Irani
 
"Extremely saddened at the passing away of a dear friend and colleague, Shri Manohar Parrikar. A wonderful human being, his dedication towards his duty and passion for the welfare of his people will always remain an inspiration for all of us," Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.
 
"I am deeply saddened to hear the demise of Manohar Parrikar ji. He was an outstanding leader and best known for his administrative acumen. He contributed immensely to the growth of Goa in particular and the country in general," Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi said in a statement.
 
Goa has lost one of the greatest leaders of the soil. This loss is certainly irreversible and incalculable. Though I had political differences with him, I respected him as an individual as well as a leader of great abilities.I consider myself lucky to have witnessed the entire political career of our beloved ' Bhai ' who rose from a middle class family background to the height of the Defense Minister of India and I respect him a lot for his achievements. He made all of us proud.He proved himself as a true fighter who fought against the dangerous illness of cancer while continuing with the regular service of the state. He will be remembered for all his good deeds and memories he left behind for all of us to get inspiration. May our Lord bless and comfort him and his family during this time of grief. May his departed soul gets eternal peace: Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, leader of Opposition.
 
The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay paid tributes to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, an alumnus of the institute. Remembering the late leader, the institute said, "Goa Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar's demise comes as a shock to all of us at IIT Bombay. He was the Institute's Distinguished Alumnus and keenly involved with many initiatives at IIT Bombay. He was also deeply involved with the launch of IIT Goa. He was the Chief Guest for the 55th Convocation of IIT Bombay held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10.00 am at the Institute’s Convocation Hall. The Institute condoles his demise. The Institute had felicitated its Distinguished Alumnus Mr. Manohar Parrikar, former Minister of Defence, Government of India, who graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Institute in 1978, “In recognition of his contribution to the Development of the Country,” on the Alumni Day in 2014."
 
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said Parrikar's dedication and simplicity won many hearts and he also contributed immensely towards the development of the nation.
 
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar also expressed grief over the demise of Parrikar. "We have lost an able and industrious administrator who made his mark with his simple demeanour and extraordinary intellect. My sincere condolences to his family members," Pawar tweeted.
 
My heartfelt condolences on the demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji. A remarkable person who impressed everyone with his simplicity & dedication towards his duties. Generations will remember him & will be inspired by him as he choose the path of integrity & utmost dedication: Meenakshi Lekhi remembers Manohar Parrikar
 
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said Manohar Parrikar was a true fighter who worked tirelessly for the welfare of his people with a sense of duty and dignity. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik described him as a widely respected public figure and an able administrator.
 
“He was a true son of Goa and served India in many roles and responsibilities! No doubt Shri Manohar Parrikar will be remembered as one of best Defence Ministers of India. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and people of Goa & India. Om Shanti”: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
 
Saddened to learn about the demise of former Defence Minister and Goa CM #ManoharParrikar ji. A people's leader respected for his humility & immense love for the nation, his passing away has left a huge void in India's public life. My sincere condolences. ॐ शांत
ि : Sarbananda Sonowal
 
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar ji. His service to the people of Goa and for our beloved motherland will never be forgotten. May God impart strength to the bereaved family to withstand this tragic loss. Om Shanti: Biplab Kumar Deb
 
 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also condoled the demise of the Goa CM. "Deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of former Defence Minister of India & Chief Minister, Goa Manohar Parrikar. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and followers. May his soul rest in peace," Patnaik wrote on Twitter.
 
Deeply saddened by the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa and former Defence Minister. The nation will remember him as a loved public figure. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace!: Capt.Amarinder Singh
 
My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of #ManoharParrikar Sahib. His untimely demise has left a void that will be difficult to fill. May his soul rest in peace: Omar Abdullah
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu tweeted, “Deepest condolences over the untimely death of former Defence Minister and Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar. May his soul rest in peace. May God give strength and support to the bereaved family at this saddest hour.”
 
Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Chief Minister of Goa, Thiru Manohar Parrikar. On behalf of DMK, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends and fellow party persons: M.K.Stalin
 
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told news agency ANI, “He (Goa CM Manohar Parrikar) was a good human being. His passing away has left a huge gap in politics; we have lost a good politician. His demise has caused us immense grief. I express my grief and I pay my tributes on behalf of my party and myself.”
 
My condolences to the bereaved family of Shri. Manohar Parrikar. I met him only once, when he graciously visited my mother at the hospital two years ago. May his soul rest in peace: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
 
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons. My condolences to his family in this time of grief: Rahul Gandhi
 
The Archbishop of Goa and Daman Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao has condoled the demise of Manohar Parrikar and said that "He would sometimes seek their opinion before coming out with far-reaching decisions for the benefit of the state."