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India's surgical strike hero Manohar Parrikar cremated with full State Honour

Panaji/Goa: The mortal remains of Goa's four-time Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were cremated with full State Honour here in Goa on Monday.

The final rites were performed according to the traditional Vedic Hindu rituals, in which Parrikar's son lit the pyre. The last journey of Goa's Chie Minister began from Kala Academy in Panjim. Thousands of people followed his final journey.

While Congress president Rahul Gandhi observed a two-minute silence at a public rally to pay homage to Parrikar, Congress-led opposition leader in Goa assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar called him a "leader of great abilities whose loss is certainly irreversible and incalculable."

Embodying 'work is worship,' Parrikar efficiently led from the front till his last breath. Exactly 10 days before his death, he was last pictured on March 7, in his trademark attire of a simple shirt and trouser, unveiling the plaque of foundation stone for a sewerage scheme.

His political journey of about 28 years took him from one high office to other, only culminating in the position that he often referred to as the closest to his heart.

In October 2000, Parrikar became the Chief Minister of the state for the first time. He was the first IIT graduate politician to take reins of the coastal state.

Born in a middle-class Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family, his trademark image of wearing a simple shirt and trouser and waiting patiently in queues at different public places will remain itched for long in public memories.

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