The political journey of the deceased chief minister Manohar Parrikar is widely acclaimed, however, his days in IIT Bombay still remain under wraps.
Picking a piece from the IIT Bombay archive, Republic TV spoke to Budram Barai, a watchman of IIT Bombay, who shared an affable relationship with the former Defence Minister while he studied in the Institute giving a glimpse of the leader's personal life.
He said, "Though I was just a watchman at IIT Bombay, but still, I shared an honest relationship with Parrikar."
Barai shared the bond he held with Parrikar ever since the first day of his admission in the institute.
He said, "He became Chief Minister, Minister afterward. When he first came to IIT Bombay, I showed him around and took him to his room."
"We used to even have breakfast together every day. Till the time he entered the hostel every day I used to wait for him and then once he entered the hostel, then we used to have food together," he added.
While attending a condolence meet at IIT Bombay, that was held for their prestigious alumnus, Barai shared how he named his son after 'Mannu', as he fondly called the senior BJP leader.
He said, "I used to call him Mannu, I haven't called him Parrikar. I named my son Mannu after he passed out from IIT Bombay."
Moreover, speaking of the leader's humility he told how the leader visited his home in slums and even after becoming a prominent politician he remembered Barai
He said, "I used to wake him up early during exam times. I used to even scold him when he did some mistake at IIT Bombay. Even when he became a Minister, he recognised me in the crowd. No one can replace him. I used to live in slums, but he came to my home twice. I am proud of him."
Here is an image of the reunion of IIT Bombay alumni in 2000 and 2003