India’s Premier Strategic Think Tank IDSA Renamed After Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar       

India’s Premier Strategic Think Tank IDSA Renamed After Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar       Former Goa CM Late Manohar Parrikar (Ash Carter/Wikimedia Commons)

The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), a premier strategic think tank and an autonomous body under Ministry of Defence will be renamed as ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’ by the government, reports The Hindu.

“The decision has been taken to honour the commitment and legacy of the late Manohar Parrikar. It will align the vision and aspiration of the premier defence institute with the contribution of the former Defence Minister and Padma Bhushan awardee,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday (18 February).

Parrikar was Defence Minister from 9 November 2014, to 14 March 2017, and was known for his strict work ethic which he maintained even when he battled terminal cancer.

Parrikar is remembered for ushering in several reforms and overseeing the famed surgical strike in 2016.

Last week External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar announced that the central government has renamed the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and Foreign Service Institute in honour of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

The two buildings will henceforth be known as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.