Manohar Parrikar

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Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar was born on 13 December 1955 in Mapusa, Goa.His wife Medha Parrikar died of cancer in 2001. They have two sons – Utpal Parrikar and Abhijat Parrikar.

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.

Parrikar is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party who has been Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.In the 2014 General Elections, BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.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.

Parrikar served in the BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017.In August 2016, Parrikar stated that going to Pakistan is the same thing as “going to hell”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.

.On March 14, 2017, Parrikar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa. The Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP), 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.

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