Manohar Parrikar’s How to Influence People & Win Goa


Manohar Parrikar’s How to Influence People & Win Goa

Illustration: Shivali Devalkar


ith Manipur and Goa, the BJP in 2017 has officially won more hotly contested awards than Taylor Swift at the Grammys. As immediate consequence, former defence minister Manohar Parrikar has gone from leading the world’s third largest military and the sixth largest military expenditure to watching a bunch of drunk people go out of control on the beach. Some would see this as a demotion. I, on the other hand, consider him an idol.

Parrikar’s genius doesn’t simply lie in the fact that he got the chance to move out of polluted Delhi and live in sunny Goa. It was the way he bullied his way into chief ministership like a 14-year-old school kid with a Jaguar. While the Congress was figuring out a way to somehow lose another winning situation in Goa, the BJP and Manohar Parrikar were invited to form government in the state by the governor herself. So Parrikar went ahead and formed government with the help of three members of the Goa Front party and a few independents.