Manohar Parrikar

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Manohar Parrikar
The official photograph of the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar.jpg
10th Chief Minister of Goa
Assumed office
14 March 2017[1]
GovernorMridula Sinha
Preceded byLaxmikant Parsekar
In office
9 March 2012 – 8 November 2014
GovernorKateekal Sankaranarayanan
Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Margaret Alva
Om Prakash Kohli[2]
Mridula Sinha
Preceded byDigambar Kamat
Succeeded byLaxmikant Parsekar
In office
24 October 2000 – 2 February 2005
GovernorMohammed Fazal
Kidar Nath Sahani
Mohammed Fazal
S. C. Jamir
Preceded byFrancisco Sardinha
Succeeded byPratapsingh Rane
Minister of Defence
In office
9 November 2014 – 13 March 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byArun Jaitley
Succeeded byArun Jaitley
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
from Panaji
In office
1994 – 25 November 2014
Preceded byJoan Baptista Florino Gonsalves
Succeeded bySidharth Kuncalienker
Assumed office
28 August 2017
Preceded bySidharth Kuncalienker
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh
In office
26 November 2014 – 2 September 2017
Preceded byKusum Rai
Succeeded byHardeep Singh Puri
Personal details
Manohar Gopalakrishna Prabhu Parrikar

(1955-12-13) 13 December 1955 (age 63)
Mapusa, Goa, Portuguese India
(now in Goa, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Medha Parrikar (1981 - 2001)(her death)
ChildrenUtpal Parrikar
Abhijat Parrikar
ResidencePanaji, Goa, India
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai

Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar (born 13 December 1955) is an Indian politician and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who has been Chief Minister of Goa since 14 March 2017.[3][4] Previously he was Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.

Parrikar proposed the name of Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the 2013 BJP parliamentary elections convention in Goa, later he served in the BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.[5][6][7]

On 27 October 2018 the Goa government announced that CM Manohar Parrikar has pancreatic cancer.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Manohar Parrikar was born in Mapusa, Goa.[9] He studied at Loyola High School, Margao.[10] He completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay)[9] in 1978. He is 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.[11]

Political career[edit]

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 a sanghchalak (local director) at the age of 26. He was active in the RSS's North Goa unit, becoming a key organiser of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. He was seconded by RSS to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the objective of fighting the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.[12] Parrikar has often expressed considerable pride in his RSS background, saying that he learnt "discipline, progressiveness,nationalism and social responsibility from the RSS".[13] He is sometimes described as having been a pracharak of the RSS.[14] Often regarded as the CM of commons.

As a member of the BJP, Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He was leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. He successfully contested the election to become Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000, but his tenure lasted only until 27 February 2002. On 5 June 2002, he was re-elected and served another term as Chief Minister.[15]

Manohar Parrikar with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2015 Republic Day Parade, New Delhi.

On 29 January 2005, his government was reduced to a minority in the Assembly after four BJP MLAs resigned from the House. Pratapsing Rane of the Indian National Congress would subsequently replace Parrikar as Chief Minister. In 2007, the Parrikar-led BJP was defeated in the Goa state elections by the Indian National Congress led by Digambar Kamat. His party became victorious once again after the BJP and their party-allies won twenty-four seats against the Indian National Congress' nine in the Goa Assembly Elections held in March 2012. In the 2014 General Elections, BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.[16] Parrikar was reluctant to leave Goa and move to Delhi in November 2014, by his own admission but was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the central government.[16] He was succeeded by Laxmikant Parsekar as Goa's CM. Parrikar had represented the Panaji constituency in the Goa Legislative Assembly when he was a player in the state politics.[17]

In November 2014, Parrikar was chosen as the Minister of Defence replacing Arun Jaitley, who, till then, held the additional charge of the Ministry.[14][18] His entry into the parliament was facilitated by choosing him as the party's candidate for the elected Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh.[17] He has since been credited with transparent, efficient and fast decision making in what was till then thought of as a sluggish ministry. He has also opened up several investigations into alleged scams like AugustaWestland Chopper scam.

On March 14, 2017, Parrikar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, one of the parties who allied with BJP in Goa after election results were announced, had said that it would extend support to the BJP only if Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was brought back to the state as Chief Minister.[19][20]


In 2001, the Parrikar government turned over fifty-one government primary schools in rural areas to Vidya Bharati, the educational wing of the Sangh Parivar, inviting criticism from certain educationists.[21][22] He also drew criticism for approving a junket costing at least Rs 89 lakh (Rs 8.9 million) for six government MLAs from the ruling party, including three ministers, to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Indian National Congress termed the trip "wasteful expenditure" and criticized the lack of other government officials or soccer experts in the delegation.[23][24]

Parrikar has often made remarks of controversial nature.[25] In wake of the debate on religious intolerance in India and actor Aamir Khan stating that his wife Kiran Rao had asked to move out of India, Parrikar made a controversial remark that "if anyone speaks like this, he has to be taught a lesson of his life".[26] He later clarified that he had not targeted any specific individual.[27] In August 2016, Parrikar stated that going to Pakistan is the same thing as "going to hell".[28] In November 2016, Parrikar, while serving as Minister of Defence of India, raised a question about why India should bind itself to the no first use policy.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Parrikar in Russia.


His wife Medha died in 2001.[30][31] They have two sons - Utpal, who is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Michigan State University and Abhijat, who is a local businessman.[32]


As of March–June 2018, Parrikar was undergoing treatment for a pancreatitis at a hospital in the US. He returned to India and in September was admitted in the AIIMS, Delhi for treatment.[33] On October 27, 2018, the Health Minister of Goa, Vishwajit Rane, confirmed that Parrikar has been suffering from pancreatic cancer.[34][35]


See also[edit]


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Preceded by
Francisco Sardinha
Chief Minister of Goa
Succeeded by
Pratapsingh Rane
Preceded by
Digambar Kamat
Chief Minister of Goa
Succeeded by
Laxmikant Parsekar
Preceded by
Arun Jaitley
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Arun Jaitley
Preceded by
Laxmikant Parsekar
Chief Minister of Goa