Having walked an eminent political path, the senior BJP leader, Manohar Parrikar lost a prolonged battle to pancreatic cancer on Sunday evening.
The four-time chief minister, who served as the Defence Minister for three years in the PM Modi-led NDA government played a significant role in composing the surgical strike against terror outfits in Pakistan occupied Kashmir back in 2016.
The surgical strikes that were conducted 10 days after a ghastly terror attack at Jammu and Kashmir's Uri Indian Army Brigade Headquarters.
The Defence Minister, Parrikar played a consequential role in the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army. He noted how the surgical strikes brought 'joy' to people, crediting the Armed Forces for it.
He said, "The mindset of people was of total frustration, the total feeling of helplessness. I think this was the mindset which expressed a joy when the surgical strikes were conducted."
"127 crore people of this country and Indian Armed Forces deserve the credit of surgical strike. My contribution is 1/127 crore in this surgical strike," he added.
Following the surgical strikes, he also shared how he felt 'insulted' after 18 jawans were martyred.
He said, "I felt insulted. A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border)."
The former Defence Minister had a stern approach as far as terrorism was concerned. His tenure found him making brawny statements against terror.
He was of the belief that 'a terrorist coming to India with a gun must not expect human rights' and had given instructions to the Armed Forces to shoot anyone who is in possession of an A-47.
The country in the memory of Parrikar is observing a day of mourning and his last rites would be performed at 5 pm on Monday.