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20 Mar 2019 05:40am IST
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20 Mar 2019 05:40am IST

Adeus Manohar Parrikar

How often do you come across someone who is fit to be your role model? A role model is a person whose behaviour, example, or success is or can be emulated by others. Born and brought up in Mapusa, Goa, he studied at Loyola High School, Margao. Completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) in 1978.

He was the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001. Having lost his wife due to cancer in the year 2011 and being a single parent to his two sons with a lot of ups and downs in life, he still stood strong and fought all obstacles to victory. Being in active politics since a young age of 26, this man has come a long way to make himself an unforgettable legend in the minds and hearts of many. 

First by serving Goa as CM and then by serving India as the Union Defence Minister. I still remember seeing him at the Dabolim airport once, with nothing but a handbag in hand, a plain shirt and pant with a suitable pair of bata sandals. Nobody would say that he is the CM of Goa. No VIP treatment, standing in line to board his flight, normal economy class travel, and a smiling face on. Always. Fate has a funny way of showing us that we sometimes write our own paths without realising it. Call it premonition, but it stands true in Manohar Parrikar's death. He promised to serve Goa with sincerity, integrity, and dedication until his last breath, which he did with all might and cheer.

As I recall some of his last words spoken in the last budget session that he was present which is “There is josh, and I am fully in hosh” I would like to give a tribute to one of the most educated, unparalleled leader and a true patriotic politician of our country who always served the rich and the poor with the humility and care they deserve. 

There will never be another Manohar Parrikar. May his soul rest in peace.

Zubin de Miranda, Borda

Jewels in the crown

Mapusa is a small and beautiful town where people from all surrounding villages come to for all their needs. God was very kind to gift Mapusa with two jewels - Manohar Parrikar and Francis D'Souza, who grew up together walking up the hill to Xavier's and later on made a name for themselves in politics by becoming the CM & DM and Dy CM of Goa.

It is the cruel fate of destiny that these two friends who grew up together had to also depart together within a few days of the passing away from each other. As we convey our deepest sympathy to the near and dear ones of Manohar Parrikar and Francis D'Souza, we also pray and hope that the future leaders will wholeheartedly work for the betterment of Mapusa and make it a congestion free town which people would like to visit.

Chrisanno Pereira, Pomburpa

A true politician

Goa’s CM, Manohar Parrikar was a true politician in letter and spirit. As Defence Minister, he stood with the forces and boosted the morale of the defence personnel. He was one of the great leaders in Indian politics.

May his soul rest in peace. Goa has lost a great CM.

Jubel D’Cruz, Mumbai

By-polls in Goa

After sitting MLAs from Mandrem and Shiroda resigned, two by-polls had to be held in the state. After the death of the Mapusa MLA Francisco D’ Souza another by-poll was announced. Now with the demise of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, one more by-poll will have to be held, this time for the Panjim constituency.

The dates for by-polls in the three constituencies have already been announced. They will be held along with the Lok Sabha elections in the state on April 23. The question that arises is whether the by-elections for Panjim constituency will also be held on the same day as the by-elections in the other three constituencies.

This is probably for the first time in the electoral history of Goa that by-polls have to be held in as many as four constituencies at one time. The results of these by-elections could have a profound impact on the politics in the State in the future. Obviously the ruling BJP will deeply feel the absence of Parrikar who was the guiding force behind several electoral victories for the party in the past.

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Honour for Parrikar with Prez tweeter

In the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, not only Goa but complete nation has lost a leading politician who had a rare quality of austerity and simplicity rarely seen in politicians of present era seen travelling in public-bus or scooter while being a Chief Minister even seen purchasing milk, newspaper for his family from street-booths, this being the reason of his running state-government despite his party BJP being in minority.

He could even been seen in queues at airports setting aside usual protocol available for Union Minister or state Chief Minister.

His lust for duty and responsibility is evident by his working whole heartedly with medical-tubes fitted on his nose while performing his task as State Chief Minister both indoor and outdoor. Even opposition could not raise voice for fall of his government because of his unique personality.

Unlike distributing Bharat Ratna for political gains, such rare type of persons in politics deserve highest nation of the honour also for motivating politicians in general to adopt his life-style of simplicity, austerity and hard work in odd-most medical condition.

Madhu Agrawal, Delhi

Manohar Parrikar tall figure of Goa

Manohar Parrikar, the late Chief Minister of Goa, was a tall figure who worked for the benefit of the people of Goa and as well who served as Defence Minister in the Modi Government at the Centre.

It was not a surprise that over a lakh of people attended his funeral. These include the dignitaries like PM Modi and present Defence Minister Sitharaman on March 18, 2019.

The sequences that followed soon after his cremation are not within the Constitutional norms. In a democracy the culture of governance across the world is by the people and for the people. In as much as in 2017 after the Assembly results were declared Congress was the single largest party and on March 18, 2019 the Congress was again the single largest party after the death of two BJP legislators.

According to the Constitutional norms the leader of the single largest party is invited by the Governor who is the Constitutional head of the State. Overlooking the mandate of the people is against the Constitution and amounts to disrespect to the Constitution.

Olinda D’Cruz, Aldona

RIP Parrikar 

In the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister India has lost one of the most compassionate, highly educated and tallest leaders of the country.

Despite his RSS connect, Parrikar was above caste, community and religion and treated all particularly those who belonged to the minority community with due respect and equanimity and hence became a people's Chief Minister. He was a very humble and down to earth person and was always with an inviting smile which most of his colleagues fail to possess.

In his demise the nation has lost a true nationalist par excellence. May his soul rest in peace.

Tharcius S. Fernando, Chennai

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