Every once in a while you come across a political leader that you admire.
Manohar Parrikar is one such leader in my eyes.
Having known him as a journalist for the last several years, even before I moved my office base to Goa, he intrigued me with his knowledge and memory.
I am extremely thrilled to see Parrikar slowly getting back his lost vigour.
To suffer from pancreatic cancer is a terrible misfortune but Parrikar has fought it bravely and continues to fight it.
I have always maintained that politics in Goa is driven by charisma of political leaders.
Over the last decade and more Parrikar has tactfully, ruthlessly and unflinchingly positioned himself as the political leader to fear.
He is intelligent, arrogant and extremely focussed on his visions.
At most times many people, including his own people, do not understand the method to his madness.
Parrikar is not a man driven by money. He is a man driven by this innate desire to be remembered as someone who made Goa a world-class socio-economic destination.
It is very unfortunate that many in the opposition during his recovery phase chose to poke fun at him on social media.
‘Parrikar no more’ is a campaign they planned to start today.
Congress fails to understand the political acumen and astuteness of Parrikar.
Congress behaves like a bunch of kids with a new toy. They however fail to read the toy manual or character traits before playing the game.
Parrikar is not someone who likes to lose. He cannot be taken for granted.
Some senior BJP leaders, men close to Parrikar, tried to manoeuvre a change in leadership to replace Parrikar.
The shrewdness of Parrikar and the complete confidence of Amit Shah in Parrikar’s decision thwarted their plans.
Nevertheless, Parrikar must be alert of the snakes in his own coterie.
He also needs to be wary of the blackmailing alliance partners and learn to trust his BJP loyalists more.
Parrikar is back in action. His recovery is slow but sure.
He has called for a Cabinet meeting tomorrow and chaired an Investment Promotion Board meeting today at his residence.
Goa needs a political leader like Parrikar at this stage.
The state needs a leader who can set in motion a vision of a better tomorrow for Goa and not someone who is driven by a vision of better tomorrow for the coffers.