Early Life of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar was born on 13th December 1955 in a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family at Mapusa of Goa. He studied at Loyola High School in Margao. Manohar Parrikar completed his secondary education in Marathi language and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay (Mumbai) in the year 1978. He is the first IIT graduate to become the Chief Minister in any Indian state. He was awarded by IIT Bombay with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001.
Political Career of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the very young age and later he became a key organizer of the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement. He was seconded by RSS to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the objective of fighting the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. As a member of the BJP, Manohar Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa in 1994. He was the leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. Manohar Parrikar became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24th October 2000, but his tenure lasted only till 27th February 2002. On 5th June 2002, he was re-elected and became the Chief Minister of Goa again. He was Chief Minister of Goa for the 3rd time from March 2012 till November 8, 2014.
Manohar Parrikar became the active member of Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party after 2012. But the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had high regards for Parrikar’s abilities and persuaded him to join the Central Government of India. He was sworn-in as Cabinet Minister for Defence in November 2014 in the first expansion of ministerial council of Narendra Modi.
Personal Life of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar is married to Medha Parrikar, who died in the year 2001, as she was suffering from cancer. They have two sons.
Death of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar died at the age of 63 years from Advanced Pancreatic Cancer on 17th March 2019. He was suffering from the disease from 2018 and was also undergoing treatment in the AIIMS, Delhi.