Chief Minister Pramod Sawant recently released a book ‘Manohar Parrikar – Off the Record’ written by journalist and author Waman Prabhu. The book, the third one on the late chief minister of Goa gives out extra information and scoops about his life, lesser known to the public.
Speaking at the function held at Institute Menezes Braganza hall, Prabhu spoke about the camaraderie he shared with Parrikar. “All that I have written about him is first-hand information and all that I have seen as memories,” Prabhu shared. In fact he wanted to name the book, ‘Panjekaracho’s Parrikar’, but then changed the title after he realised how the book has much more information about Parrikar other than just being the leader in Panaji.
In his address, Sawant recalled how late Parrikar would often tell the press details about what was discussed at a function and would make it a point to say that it was ‘off the record and not to be published’. He mentioned that Parrikar was a leader after Babasaheb Bandodkar whose legacy won’t end easily. He used the platform to mention projects named after Parrikar.
Industrialist, Shrinivas Dempo who expressed joy at being present for the book release function spoke about the personal friendship he shared with late ‘Bhai’.
“He was a committed man from whom you could learn a lot. If Tejas aircrafts are being procured it is because of him, but he never boasted about the work he did,” Dempo said.
He requested Prabhu to translate the book in English for the benefit of the youth as the generations to come should know about the man who envisioned Goa and be inspired by him.
IITian Ashank Desai, a close friend of the author, and who had closely tracked Parrikar’s journey, lauded his multitalented friend Prabhu. He said that there are very few political leaders who inspire. “Not every leader can inspire, Parrikar did and it was because he had character, self confidence and vision,” he said.