The Chief Minister of Goa and former Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar passed away on March 17 after a long battle with cancer. The BJP leader, 63, had been fighting the disease since February 2018. Over the last year, he had been treated in various hospitals in Goa, Mumbai and New York.
A graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Parrikar joined the RSS at a very young age. His colleagues described him as a quintessential swayamsevak. Talking about Manohar, one of his friends said, "He had apprehensions about politics. He was concerned that he might have to take decisions that his conscience would not permit. He was squeaky clean. His image of simple, unpretentious man was not cultivated; that is who he was."
During his two and a half years as India’s Defence Minister, Parrikar was known to be a sincere and perceptive leader and an accomplished manager.
The news of his demise was shared by President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Since Bollywood celebs have been mourning the demise of the great leader on Twitter...
T 3122 - Manohar Parrikar CM of Goa, passes away .. a gentle , soft spoken simple minded person .. respected .. fought his illness with dignity and great spirit .. had on a few occasions spent some time with him .. a soft smile always adorned his face .. sad with the news .. 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/vFTCeMMDxf
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 17, 2019
Extremely sad at hearing about the demise of Sh. Manohar Parrikar Ji. I feel blessed to have had the fortune of meeting and knowing a sincere and good soul as he was. Heartfelt condolences to his family🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 17, 2019
Sad to hear about the loss of one of our finest leaders, #ManoharParrikar ji. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the grieving family & friends.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) March 17, 2019
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Shri #ManoharParrikar ji ... one of the tallest leaders of India. Condolences to the family & loved ones.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) March 17, 2019
Man of few words,simple,epitome of integrity&efficiency,a straight shooter,defence minister,3 time chief minister of Goa,away from the trappings of a person in power,IITian,well mannered,a true servant of the nation, an example to follow for one and all.. Salute #ManoharParrikar pic.twitter.com/geIG1dA0vz
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) March 17, 2019
Deepest condolences on the very saddening demise of Manohar Parrikar ji. My prayers and strength to all his loved ones. #RIPManoharParrikar
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) March 17, 2019
Condolences and strength to the family of Manohar Parrikar ji ! Deeply saddened to hear about his demise ! May his soul rest in peace 🙏🏻
— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) March 17, 2019
Deeply deeply saddened to know about the untimely demise of Shri #ManoharParrikar ji. He was one of the most real, dignified, intelligent, warm, down-to-earth & honest person I had met. He had a great quality of inspiring people so effortlessly. Will miss him. Om Shanti.🙏 pic.twitter.com/4i4noSWSDZ
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 17, 2019
#ManoharParrikar always came accross as one of the more level headed and decent politicians in the country. Rest in Peace sir.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 17, 2019
Saddened to know about the demise of #ManoharParrikar ji. He will always be remembered for his simplicity and as a common man with strong determination. It's a great loss for the nation.#OmShanti 🙏 pic.twitter.com/pZMgFwIGSq
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) March 17, 2019
May his soul rest in peace.
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