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Panaji: Former Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son, Utpal on Tuesday termed it as “proud moment”, centre’s decision to rename Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) after his late father.

“Naming of such a prestigious and important institute (IDSA) of the country after a Goan is a proud moment for everyone of us,” Utpal said, reacting to the announcement on Tuesday morning.

“Only avid followers of Indian defence will get hint about magnitude of accomplishment in defence field of this government headed by Prime Minister,” he said.

“I am happy that my father played a significant role in this in his short stint as Raksha Mantri,” Utpal added.

Earlier during the day, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had welcomed the Centre”s decision to rename the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), a government think tank, after late defence minister and Goa”s son of soil Manohar Parrikar.

The Central government has renamed the IDSA as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in order to “honour the commitment and legacy” of the late defence minister.

“I welcome the decision of Union Defence Ministry to rename ”The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses” (IDSA) as ”Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses”, honoring Manohar Bhai”s tremendous contribution as Defence Minister of India,” Sawant tweeted.

Parrikar, who was defence minister from November 9, 2014 to March 14, 2017, died on March 17 last year in Panaji at Goa due to pancreatic cancer.

IDSA is a non-partisan, autonomous body dedicated to objective research and policy-relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security.

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