Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former defense minister of India died on Sunday. He was badly suffering from pancreatic cancer for the last one year. His death reminds me of a statement he made against Pakistan where he equated Pakistan with hell. He reportedly led a simple life style but as a defense minister displayed much hubris against Pakistan and believed in the Jewish doctrine of ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ which is evident from one of his statements in which he remarked that terrorists have to be neutralized only through terrorists. As defence minister the Brahmin strongman displayed realist tendencies and did not hide his ill-will towards Pakistan and allegedly carried out surgical strikes on terror camps situated across the borders. A Bollywood film ‘Uri’ was also made on the incident earlier this year with much fanfare. Nonetheless, his demise reminds us that death will surely embrace all one day be it a king or a pauper, a strongman or a weak and a person carries nothing with him in the hereafter except his/her deeds good or bad.
Bhagwat Gita says- ‘Death is an illusion we have imposed upon ourselves because of our desires to enjoy in this world.’
Holy Quran provides- ‘Everyone shall taste death. And only on the day of judgement shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the fire and admitted to paradise, this person is indeed successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.’ (3:185)
Death of someone is surely a matter of reflection and introspection for those who are alive to amend their acts and ways of life accordingly.
May almighty grant us forgiveness and correct understanding!