New Delhi: Manohar Parrikar, India’s former defence minister and four-time chief minister of Goa is remembered as a popular politician, excellent administrator and a simple human being.
The first IIT-ian to become a chief minister, Parrikar also introduced significant changes as the defence minister that led to transparent and simpler defence acquisition procedures.
The book ‘Manohar Parrikar: Brilliant Mind, Simple Life’ by Nitin Gokhale offers an overview of Parrikar’s journey, his contribution to nation-building and his service to the Goan society.
The book, published by Bloomsbury, will be released on 31 March on ‘Soft Cover’ — ThePrint’s e-venue to launch select non-fiction books.
It offers a glimpse into Parrikar’s journey from an IIT student to a social worker and to India’s defence minister.
Releasing nearly two years after his death, the book is a personal tribute by the author to his friend. It is an attempt to capture Parrikar’s persona — the man, the politician and the patriot.
Through the eyes of his family, friends and countless admirers, the book dwells deep into his early influences, his journey from a small village in Goa to one of the highest posts in the country.
The author, Nitin Gokhale, who is one of South Asia’s leading strategic and defence analysts, was acquainted with Parrikar quite by accident during the latter’s stint in New Delhi, and by sheer coincidence the two became very close friends.
Gokhale is a renowned author, media trainer and founder of a specialised defence related website BharatShakti.in. and StratNewsGlobal.com.