Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee is the current president of India. A former leader of the Indian National Congress, he has held the presidential post since July 2012. Prior to that he was the finance minister of the country and at various moments of his political career he has held portfolios of including foreign affairs, defense and commerce. Born in Birbhum district of Bengal, he went on to complete his higher education from University of Calcutta with an MA degree in Political Science and an LLB. Before joining politics he worked as a professor of Political Science at Vidyanagar College and as a journalist with the Bengali journal 'Desher Dak'. Mukherjee's initiation into national politics took place in 1969 when he got elected to the Rajya Sabha, under the guidance of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee's political career took a back seat. However, he revived his political portfolio under the prime ministerial tenure of P V Narasimha Rao, when he was appointed head of planning commission and later as foreign minister. In all these years of political experience in the country, president Mukherjee has been instrumental in certain key developments regarding Right to Information, Right to Employement, Metro Rail and the like. Apart from his political astuity, he is reputed for his powerful oratory skills and intellectual prowess.
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Former president Pranab Mukherjee laments brain drain of professionals

He said prestigious higher seats of learning like the IITs were producing brilliant professionals who virtually “emerge as the salesmen of multinational companies” doing injustice to their merit and brilliance while people with lesser merit could perform their jobs.

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Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Bangladesh, to be honoured with D.Litt

The university said in a statement that they decided to honour him with the degree for his “outstanding contributions to society and for being a genuine friend of Bangladesh”.

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Ensure job creation with focus on rural unemployed: Pranab Mukherjee

“We must have job creation and there must be a balance between the job creation in the urban unemployment and the rural unemployment,” Pranab Mukherjee said.

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Pranab Mukherjee: ‘I have strong faith in the goodness of the masses…they will steer you to the destination’

Pranab Mukherjee spoke on the need for a strong Opposition, the role of people’s movements in a constitutional democracy and how India is in the safe hands of its people.

When Sonia Gandhi said ‘will miss tantrums’ of Pranab Mukherjee

The former president’s third political memoir gives several accounts of how the UPA chairperson remained reluctant to approve his name for the country’s top constitutional post

A Man of Honour

The third instalment of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography is a candid glimpse into the behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the government and the Congress party

Mamata born rebel, has an aura impossible to ignore: Pranab Mukherjee

Former President Pranab Mukherjee said in his new book ‘The Coalition Years’ that she had built her career fearlessly and aggressively and it was the “outcome of her own struggle”.

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Sonia Gandhi was upset that I met Bal Thackeray during 2012 President poll campaign: Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee said he had asked both Gandhi and Pawar, who was instrumental in influencing Bal Thackeray towards him, whether he should meet the Sena leader during his visit to Mumbai.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee to be chief guest at AMU’s Sir Syed Day

Former President Pranab Mukherjee will give the commemoration address on the 200th birth celebrations of the AMU founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, while AMU VC Professor Tariq Mansoor will deliver the welcome address.

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Meeting Baba Ramdev: I should not have done it, admits Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee was then the Finance Minister. He and Sibal, then HRD Minister, met Ramdev, who flew into the capital in a chartered jet from Ujjain, on June 1 and discussed issues raised by him, including bringing back black money stashed abroad.

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Delhi confidential: Lucky 13

At the release of his book, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury remembered Mukherjee’s office in Parliament was room number 13 where most discussions and arguments the Left and the Congress had during the UPA I coalition days took place.

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Pranab Mukherjee has a reason to be upset, more qualified for PM: Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described former President Pranab Mukherjee as one of the greatest living politicians and Congressmen who the party turned to whenever there was a crisis to be resolved.

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Thought Sonia would make Singh President, I could be Prime Minister: Pranab Mukherjee

In that meeting in June, he writes, Sonia reminded him: “Pranabji, you are most eminently suited for the office but you should not forget the crucial role you are playing in the functioning of the government.”

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Pranab Mukherjee had every reason to be aggrieved, he was more qualified to become PM: Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh described Mukherjee as the”most distinguished living parliamentarian and Congressman”, whom everyone in the party looked up to for discussing and resolving difficult issues.

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Improvement of quality in higher education must to be a class-one nation: Pranab Mukherjee

Recalling the historic Takshashila and Nalanda varsities, Pranab Mukherjee said these ancient learning institutes attracted “mighty minds” from all over the world and efforts are now being made to revive them.