IIT graduate, technocrat, former Defence Minister and four-time Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away, aged 63.
He had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Parrikar was known as the common man's minister, often seen cycling to work. Born in 1955 in Mapusa into a middle-class family, Parrikar joined RSS during his school days and became a SanghaChalak at the age of 26.
He graduated from IIT Bombay in 1978 with a degree in metallurgical engineering.
Parrikar was elected to goa's legislative assembly in 1994 after he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency.
He served as the leader of opposition in Goa from June to Nov 1999. Parrikar became the chief minister of Goa for the first time in Oct, 2000.
But resigned in February 2002, calling for fresh elections, Parrikar became Goa's CM for the second time when he was re-elected in June, 2002.
He brought in schemes like reducing petrol prices and providing monthly income to housewives
Parrikar-led BJP came back to power in Goa in 2012 after suffering a defeat by congress in 2007.
After bjp's victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi picked Parrikar as the Defence Minister.
Parrikar went on to serve as the Defence Minister from 2014 to 2017. The surgical strike against Pakistan-based terrorists in 2016 was carried out during his tenure.