Story of Watermelons by Shri Manohar Parrikar

14 Sep 16
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A Story of Watermelons by Defense Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar


A Story of Watermelons by Defense Minister Shri 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 labourers, 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, realised 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 small. In watermelons the generations change in one year. In seven 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.”

What a beautiful message for us.

This story emphasizes the need to improve our education system.


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  • Comment Link Sudhir Jatar Thursday, 15 September 2016 16:20 posted by Sudhir Jatar

    As Recd on Face Book and stated by Capt Amrinder Singh MP ( who defeated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Amritsar in the last election)
    Mr Parikar, once again you have shown your inability to understand the services. You can order them in operational matters and they will do as ordered. On what grounds can you order them to accept the 7th pay commision? Is this Nazi Germany and are you Hitler to issue such a dictatorial order? The three Chiefs are reflecting the views of each and every soldier in uniform or out of it. Instead of you standing by your defence services you are toeing the line set by your Babus. Do you realize the implications of your attitude? You have a highly disciplined force, perhaps the only pillar in our democracy that works without ever commenting. Do you want a disgruntled service? If the services are to loose their standing by placing them below your Babus and police, that is exactly what you will have, and then God help our country with a beligerant China and Pakistan. Will you then lead your Babus into battle? Have you heard of a word called morale? If so, you are in the process of demolishing it. Put your act together Parikar and put your self above party, politics and Babus and stand by your forces. Demoralising them will effect the security of our nation. Either stand by your services or quit. Perhaps the PM can find another defence ministers out of the multitude he has on parliament. You too Mr Prime Minister look beyond those who lack foresight and personally intervene. This is a matter of national security and beyond that of the comprehension of Parikar. The three Chiefs are absolutely correct in their stand.Their officers and men expect nothing less from them. They have my complete admiration and total support.

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