Manohar Parrikar ‘sleeps’ once again, this time during Republic Day function

मनोहर पर्रिकर

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has had his share of gaffes since his elevation as the central government minister. His comments have often been dubbed as illogical by his political opponents and prolific social media users.

On Thursday, Parrikar once again became a subject of social media conversation just when the country was enjoying the Republic Day parade from Rajpath in Delhi. Moments later, the photo of India’s defence minister visibly dozing off, once again, went gone viral.

Manohar Parrikar sleeps

What was even more embarrassing was that the video of Parrikar dozing off was broadcast live by India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan, which was broadcasting the Republic Day event.

Parrikar could be seen dozing off just when Lakshdweep’s tableau was passing by the dignitaries.

Parrikar was sitting among visiting dignitaries from the UAE as this year Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade.

This is not the first time Parrikar has been found sleeping during a public event. In December 2014 (see below), the defence minister had allegedly dozed off with open mouth during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India speech.


Last year, Parrikar had allegedly fallen asleep during Modi’s live address prompting social media users to conclude that his action was due to ‘boring’ Independence Day speech of the prime minister.

Here are some Twitter reactions on Parrikar dozing off during the Republic Day function;


  1. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, it could be that he is suffering from OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) and this illness is not a laughing matter. This causes him to sleep without his control at any time of the day. He needs to see a Sleep Specialist immediately and if diagnosed with OSA, he needs to start treatment ASAP.
    I am sure a doctor who is familiar with OSA will know the matter better and recommend a solution.
    In India OSA goes undiagnosed until it is too late. It could even lead to death in the night.

  2. As always, Fake news and cooked up stories. Just because someone closed his eyes for 2 seconds, it is not called “Sleeping”. We all watched the program Live, so we know this is Fake.

  3. Some people sleep because they work 18 hours a day and barely get any rest like Mr. Parikkar while some sleep because they dont have any work to do like Rahul Gandhi, Lalu etc.


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