NEW DELHI,FOR INDIAONENEWS.IN
WE are using the word “Parrikarji” in the headline instead of mere Parrikar as most newspapers and English news channels do. This is out of sheer respect for the man who set new standards in public life. Mr Manohar Parrikar, the Goa chief Minister, passed away on Sunday after bravely battling pancreatic cancer. Befittingly, he was cremated on Monday with full state honours. He is survived by his two sons and their families.
The funeral procession of the Goa chief minister started in the morning in Panaji on Monday, with thousands of tearful citizens joining the cortege to bid the “great man” a fond farewell. And they did.
The mortal remains of the 63-year-old senior BJP leader were kept in a flower-decked hearse which left the Kala Academy at Panaji for the Miramar beach, where the last rites were performed.
Parrikarji was immensely popular politician which was reflected during his funeral processions as thousands of Goans, many teary-eyed and speaking glowingly about the gentleman he was, took the final darshan by forming a disciplined queue and in utter silence. Politicians across party lines led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid him rich tributes
When the vehicle carrying his body travelled from his private residence in Dona Paula to Panaji in the morning, hundreds of people tried to catch a one final glimpse of the man who was the first IITian to first become an MLA, then a Chief Minister and finally Defence Minister.
Unlike many politicians who love to display their ill-gotten wealth and parade their riches, Parrikarji remained aam aadmi’s khaas aadmi. He was special to each of whom he came in contact with. He was simple, so simple that he sometimes rode cycles and scooters to his office. He roamed Goa’s streets without body guards to flaunt as most of our politicians do. Always dressed in simple attire and at times chappal as footwear, Parrikarji was the most non-corrupt politician the country has ever seen. In Defence Ministry, which often faces allegations of massive corruption, Parrikarji when he was at the helm, took several steps to improve its image and brought corruption almost to zero. President Ramnath Kovind aptly put it,”He will never be forgotten…” Who would like to forget a man of Parrikarji’s class and standard ? In his tribute the President,,” He fought illness with fortitute and dignity. He was an epitome of integrity and dedication in public life.” The Prime Minister said,”Mr Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and an exception administrator. He was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations.”
Highly knowledgeable, updated and full of aggression when required, Parrikarji was a class apart. We pay our heartfelt tributes to this Great Gentleman Politician. May his soul rest in peace. Adieu Parrikarji…You have been a great son of the soil.