Manohar Parikkar: A man of simplicity and honesty

November 12, 2014

On 9th November 2014, the first cabinet expansion exercise of the Narendra Modi government took place which saw 21 ministers induction into the council of ministers. Four ministers were allotted the cabinet rank, three took charge as ministers of state whereas, the remaining fourteen took oath as MoS. Manohar Parikkar was one of them and took charge as the new Defence minister on 9th November 2014. He was born on 13 December 1955 in a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family [4] at Mapusa, Goa.[5] Ancestry from the nearby village Parra is indicated in his name "Parrikar". He studied at Loyola High School, Margao. He completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay[5] in 1978. He was the Chief Minister of Goa from 2000-2005 and later from March 2012 to November 2014. He was Goas first BJP chief minister. A metallurgical engineering graduate from IIT-Bombay, he is the only CM to have graduated from the prestigious IIT campus. He has a reputation for honesty and simplicity. He was praised as the 'Common Man's CM' for flying without security or entourage and carrying his own briefcase. Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a mukhya shikshak (chief instructor) in the final years of his schooling. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa while maintaining a private business, and became asanghchalak (local director) at the age of 26. As a member of the BJP, 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. He became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000, but his tenure lasted only till 27 February 2002. On 5 June 2002, he was re-elected and became the Chief Minister again and now he is appointed as the Central Defence Minister. It is also considered that Narendra Modi has very high regards for his abilities and trust him. He was awarded by IIT Bombay with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001 and 2012: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in politics category. The principal task of the Ministry is to frame policy directions on defence and security related matters and communicate them for implementation to the Services Headquarters, Inter-Service Organisations, Production Establishments and Research & Development Organisations. It is required to ensure effective implementation of the Government's policy directions and the execution of approved programmes within the allocated resources. Vidya Express wishes him a successful journey and congratulates him for the new responsibility.

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