Displaying intelligence from his childhood, Manohar Parrikar had a photographic memory. He did his primary education in Marathi medium at the Mapusa-based Saraswat Vidyalaya. He was directly promoted from class I to class III by his teacher, due to his intellect. He then got admitted to English-medium Mapusa High School for his middle education. For his secondary education, Parrikar shifted to Margao at his maternal uncle’s place, and completed his class VIII education at the Loyola High School. He returned to Mapusa, next year, and completed his education in class IX, X and XI (matriculation at that time) from New Goa High School. In the year 1970, Parrikar obtained 68 per cent marks at the matriculation examination. He then got admitted in the science stream, at the St Xavier’s College, in Mapusa. After completing his intermediate education, he got admission in the metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology at Powai, in Bombay. He wanted to pursue mechanical engineering and was keen to study in the particular branch at Kharagpur. However, his family did not want to send him very far from Goa. After obtaining a degree in B Tech, he got himself admitted to M Tech. However, he married Medha Kotnis at the age of 23, and had to return to Goa, leaving his post-graduation course halfway.
= He’s the only politician in Goa after Bhausaheb Bandodkar to serve as the chief minister of the region, without having served as a minister ever
= He was sworn-in as the chief minister of Goa on October 24, 2000, exactly six months after the death of his wife Medha in May 2000
= He is the only Defence Minister of the country, who has left the post out of his own will in the midst of his term. He was initially reluctant to take bigger responsibility at the Centre; however, he joined the central cabinet as the defence minister in November 2014 on request of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
= While serving as a Defence Minister at the national capital, he often stated that he was missing Goan fish-curry. “I have lost weight in Delhi because I like fish curry more. I miss the food from Goa,” he lamented during his stay in Delhi. Ultimately, he returned to Goa after resigning as the defence minister to lead a coalition government of Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtrwadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party and independent legislators in March 2017