Human mind can overcome any disease,” an ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had once said. And proved it every minute ever since he was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment, cancer to be precise.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if we say he taught the country and the world how to deal with a life-threatening disease like a boss — by staying strong and not giving up. The power of the human mind, as he said — he never let the disease take the better of him.
Over a month before bidding adieu to the world on late Sunday evening, Parrikar gave us a peak of his emotional journey with cancer.
“Human mind can overcome any disease. #WorldCancerDay,” Parrikar tweeted, on World Cancer Day — February 4.
Human mind can overcome any disease. #WorldCancerDay
Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) February 4, 2019
The Goa chief minister and former defence minister had been in and out of hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi and the USA since February 2018. He never digressed from fulfilling his administerial duties and was seen attending public meetings on many ocassions.
With a feeble voice and a feeder tube protruding from one of his nostrils, Manohar Parrikar presented the Goa Budget on January 30.
“Today, once again I promise that I will serve Goa with sincerity, integrity, and dedication until my last breath,” Parrikar said, during his budget speech.
The ailing chief minister under whose tenure as the defence minister, the surgical strike was conducted by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, kept his “josh” high during the speech even though he looked frail.
“There is a josh, that is too high and I’m fully in hosh,” Parrikar said.
Parrikar made another public appearance with a tube in his nose and stunned the nation as he inspected a half-constructed bridge the Mandovi river on December, 2018.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) chief Omar Abdullah had then tweeted this: “He has a tube inserted through his nose into his digestive tract. How inhuman to force him to continue working and doing photo ops. Why can’t he be allowed to deal with his illness without all this pressure and tamasha?”
He even left everyone baffled when he reached the chief minister’s office on January 2 this year after a gap of almost two-and-a-half months.
Last month, he was admitted to the Goa Medical College for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Parrikar had been being treated at his house in Goa since October 14, 2018, after he was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMs) in New Delhi.