New Delhi: Paying a touching tribute to former Goa Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar, the Central government on Tuesday renamed Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), a government think tank, as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. This has been done to honour the commitment and legacy of late Parrikar.Also Read - Rafale Verdict: 'Ill-planned Political Game', Manohar Parrikar's Son Lambasts Rahul Gandhi Over Supreme Court's Order

A defence minister from November 9, 2014 to March 14, 2017, Parrikar passed away on March 17 last year in Panaji at Goa after a long battle with the deadly pancreatic cancer. Also Read - BJP Claims Protesters Defiled Manohar Parrikar's Samadhi Site, Ate Non-veg Food

While renaming the institute, the Central government in a statement said that the defence minister steered the Defence Ministry through the tough challenges of attacks like Pathankot and Uri and responded to these with exemplary boldness. Also Read - Goa by-poll: Congress Wrests Manohar Parrikar's Seat From BJP

“An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, throughout his career, late Manohar Parrikar showed a tremendous fighting spirit, taking on the odds with fearlessness,” the statement read.

Last week, the central government paid a similar tribute to former External Affairs Minister late Sushma Swaraj by renaming the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, and the Foreign Service Institute as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

The statement from the government said that when Parrikar was the defence minister, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced its security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen.

“The renaming of the IDSA will align the vision and aspiration of the premier defence institute with the contribution of the former Raksha Mantri and Padma Bhushan awardee,” the statement further added.