Parrikar’s sons talk about continuing his legacy

PANAJI: Indicating keenness to follow their illustrious father’s footsteps in social life, Utpal and Abhijat, the sons of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar in a thanksgiving note on Saturday said, “We will honour his life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the state and the nation.”

The thanksgiving note on Twitter handle Manohar Parrikar Memorial@manoharparrikar is signed by the two brothers on behalf of the entire Parrikar family and has thanked various individuals, groups as well as medical institutions, who stood behind them and helped in the treatment of their father during his year-long illness.

“It has been more than 12 days since the passing away of Baba (Bhai to you all), our sorrow is immense, and the emptiness we feel seems insurmountable. But the outpouring love and support our family has received during this time has helped us sustain, it has given us hope and strength and we cannot thank you all enough,” the message begins.

“Our father lived everyday with vigour, a strong will and a desire to serve the nation and the state. Till the very last he was occupied with issues concerning the state. While we have lost a central part of our family and the void created is huge, the sheer number of people, messages and letters we have received has made us feel we are part of a much bigger family that he has left behind,” the message continues.

“We are deeply appreciative and thankful of everyone, who attended the last rites in large numbers and extremely honoured and thankful to the members of the Indian armed forces for conducting such a moving ceremony,” the message states.

The message further thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “gracious words and message of kindness” and adds that “We will always remember his unstinted support throughout Baba’s illness.”

The message also thanks all the Union ministers and other dignitaries

representing the government of India and various state governments, for their presence and support.

“We also take this opportunity to thank missions and consulates of various countries for their condolence messages,” it mentions.

The staff and doctors from hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York are also thanked in the message for their care and support, during the illness of the departed chief minister.

“Above all, we express our sincere gratitude to the thousands of ‘karyakartas’ for their love and affection. You have been his pillars of strength throughout. We always knew that you and people of Goa meant much more to him than even us and this bond was all evident when he passed away,” the messages notes.

On a parting note, the message quotes 19th-century British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli and states, “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”