Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Mr. Manohar Parrikar as India’s defence minister a year ago, and since then Parrikar has proved to be one of the most upfront and pro-active ministers in the Modi cabinet.
Clinching the Rafale deal which was in deep freeze for almost a decade, along with offensive posturing of the Indian army, Parrikar made it clear he would tolerate no nonsense. After the Myanmar strike, no neighbour of ours can take us lightly as it is pretty clear that the Indian government actively pursues a bull-like stance against terrorists and terrorist havens along the border areas. Manohar Parrikar has been at the forefront of this policy and we take a look as to why he is one of the most badass ministers in the Modi cabinet.
1. Manohar Parrikar Believes In Fighting Fire With Fire
In a recent statement Manohar Parrikar had this to say:
It is clear from his stance that he doesn’t believe in taking the softer route over issues concerning national security. The recent Myanmar strike in which 50 terrorists were neutralized is a testament to this fact.
2. He Is An Effective, Efficient, And No-Nonsense Administrator
Manohar Parrikar has been a significant figure in Goa for the BJP and RSS for nearly 25 years, and has fulfilled his organisational duties quite remarkably. He is a known as a strict taskmaster in his home state and used to keep a close eye on issues concerning the ‘aam aadmi’. He has carried his no-nonsense image to the Ministry Of Defence which is why the efficiency of the whole department has gone up significantly.
3. He Is The First IIT Graduate To Become Chief Minister Of A State In India
He is the first IITian to become a chief minister of an Indian state; yes, you heard that right – before Kejriwal. He also had Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and former CEO of Infosys, as a batchmate in that illustrious batch of IIT Bombay.
4. Parrikar Is A Nationalist, A True Patriot, And A Man With A Clean Image
Manohar Parrikar was called for national duty when he was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be India’s next defence minister and he had to leave his family back in Goa. Moreover, Mr. Parrikar has maintained a clean image throughout his political career and that is what makes him one of the better and incorruptible ministers in the Modi cabinet.
5. His Actions Are Decisive And Swift
Be it the Rafale Jet deal or the OROP implementation, Mr. Parrikar’s office has been extremely pro-active in handling crucial issues concerning national security.
6. Manohar Parrikar Doesn’t Fancy Reaping Sarkaari Benefits
Manohar Parrikar was known to travel by his bicycle to Goa Vidhan Sabha and refused all government benefits after becoming chief minister. He insisted on using his old Innova even after becoming CM.
7. He Refused To Let The Death Of His Wife Come In The Way Of His Duty Towards The Nation
A month before swearing in as the chief minister of Goa in 2000, his wife passed away due to cancer. Mourning the demise of his beloved wife, Parrikar, a single parent to two teenage boys, took the oath to chief minister’s office with full responsibility.