Pranab Mukherjee
Pranab Mukherjee

Some Pages From The Life Of Pranab Mukherjee

August 31, 2020

Former President Pranab Mukherjee (84) breathed his last at Army Hospital in New Delhi, where was admitted to removing a clot in his brain.

His death has left a void that can never be fulfilled.

In his 51-year-long political career, Mukherjee held several important portfolios- the most important being that of the President of India from 2012-2017.

Let's have a throwback into his long political career in a nutshell

  • He also served on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  • Pranab Mukherjee joined the Indian National Congress in the 1960s when late Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister
  • Even though he has a fall out with the INC leadership in 1986 and began his own party, however, he returned two years later
  • Even though he "was the perfect Prime Ministerial" candidate, he, however, was overlooked twice
  • First after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and second in 2004 after INC's unexpected election win
  • Even Dr Manmohan Singh, who was Prime Minister of the country on two occasions, once said, "He was better qualified than I was to become the prime minister, but he also knew that I have no choice in the matter"
  • An astute politician of the country, Pranab Mukherjee held every key ministry in India - commerce, defence, external affairs and finance
  • As the country's 13th President, Pranab Mukherjee always had a congenial relationship- even with those from the opposition parties
  • During his tenure as the President, Pranab Mukherjee rejected up to 18 bills that were sent to him for assent. Presidents generally do not reject bills sent to them
  • Pranab Mukherjee had also rejected 30 mercy petitions from death row convicts and this has been the highest by far of any Indian President
  • As a result of these cancellations, Afzal Guru - convicted of involvement in the 2001 attack on the Parliament was hanged in February 2013
  • Yakub Menon, who was convicted of financing the 1993 terror attacks in Mumbai, and Ajmal Kasab, one of the gunmen in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, were also hanged during the tenure of Pranab Mukherjee

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