Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at the age of 63 after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer since February 2018.
Born on December 13, 1955, he was the first IIT graduate to become the chief minister of any Indian state ever. He was the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party and has been Goa’s chief minister of Goa since March 17, 2017.
Earlier, Manohar Parrikar was Goa’s CM from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.
Born and brought up in Goa, Parrikar studied at Loyala High School in Margao. He completed his secondary education in Marathi and graduated in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978.
He was also awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001.
Manohar Parrikar joined RSS at a young age and also became a chief instructor in the final years of his schooling. He completed his IIT graduation and resumed RSS Mapusa along with a private business. When he was 26 years old, he became a sanghchalak.
After RSS supported him to bhartiya janta party (BJP), he was elected to the Legislative assembly of Goa in 1994. From June to November 1999, he was the leader of the opposition.
For the very first time, Manohar Parrikar became the chief minister of Goa in the year 2000 but his tenure lasted only till Feb 27, 2002. On June 5 of the same year, he was re-elected and served a term again as the chief minister of Goa.
In 2014, when BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa, Parrikar was then asked by PM Modi to join central leadership in Delhi. Laxmikant Parsekar succeeded him as the Goa CM. Then on November 14, he was made the Defence Minister in Government of India.
On March 14, 201,7 Parrikar was again made the chief minister of Goa.
Manohar Parrikar was awarded Dr. SP Mukherjee Award at Swarajya Awards in 2018 and in the same year he was also awarded in Honorary Doctorate by National Institute of Technology Goa.
In 2001, he was awarded Distinguished Alumnus award by IIT Mumbai.