Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has passed away on 17th March 2019 . He is well known through the country for his wonderful work and service. He is the first IITian to take up the office of Chief Minister in India. . Shri Manohar Parrikar in his speech during the 14th Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) Awards for Excellence Presentation Ceremony held at Vadodra on 11th September 2016, mentioned this interesting story of the Watermelons in his village Parra (Goa). This has a very powerful message for the education system and to the youth of our country.
This is Narrated by Manohar Parrikar.
“I am from the village of Parra in Goa, hence we are called Parrikars. My village is famous for its watermelons. When I was a child, the farmers would organise a watermelon-eating contest at the end of the harvest season in May.All the kids would be invited to eat as many watermelons as they wanted. Years later, I went to IIT Mumbai to study engineering. I went back to my village after 6.5 years. I went to the market looking for watermelons. They were all gone. The ones that were there were so small.I went to see the farmer who hosted the watermelon-eating contest. His son had taken over. He would host the contest but there was a difference. When the older farmer gave us watermelons to eat he would ask us to spit out the seeds into a bowl.We were told not to bite into the seeds. He was collecting the seeds for his next crop. We were unpaid child laborers, actually. He kept his best watermelons for the contest and he got the best seeds which would yield even bigger watermelons the next year.His son, when he took over, realized that the larger watermelons would fetch more money in the market so he sold the larger ones and kept the smaller ones for the contest. The next year, the watermelons were smaller, the year later even smaller.In watermelons the generation is one year.
In 7 years, Parra’s best watermelons were finished. In humans, generations change after 25 years. It will take us 200 years to figure what we were doing wrong while educating our children.Unless we employ our best to train the next generation, this is what can happen to us. We must attract the best into teaching profession.”
This is such tremendous insight and wisdom from his simple personal observations.
When people pass away, everyone says wonderful things about the deceased. While he was amidst us, It’s safe to say that I’d heard only respectful words spoken about Manohar Parrikar. You can watch the video below
Hats off to you sir , India will miss your services