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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Pranab Mukherjee, the survivor

Pranabda is very good at keeping secrets. In fact, Indiraji used to say, “Whenever Pranabda is given any confidential information, it never comes out of his belly. What comes out is only the smoke from his pipe.”

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Top quotes from Ram Nath Kovind’s inauguration speech

Ram Nath Kovind said, “Nations are not built by governments alone. Nation building requires national pride. Each citizen of India is a nation builder. The armed forces that protect our borders and keep us safe are nation builders. Police and paramilitary forces that fight terrorism and crime are nation builders.”

President Ram Nath Kovind takes over @rashtrapatibhvn, Pranab Mukherjee tweets archived @POI13

The first tweet from President’s Kovind handle read: “Honoured to be sworn in as the 14th President of India; would be carrying out my responsibilities with all humility #PresidentKovind.”

Pranab Mukherjee, the President who didn’t go beyond the copybook

Pranab Mukherjee, India’s President till Tuesday morning has been in all senses a copybook one, with a keen sense of what is right, appropriate and proper in the Constitution.

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Copybook President

Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure in Rashtrapati Bhawan was remarkable for its restraint and poise.

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Welcome home, Pranabda

Why the Congress party is the biggest gainer from Pranab Mukherjee leaving Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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Swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind: All that will happen tomorrow

As per the protocols, Ram Nath Kovind will take the Oath of office in the presence of the Chief Justice of India. After this, a 21-Gun Salute will be fired. Then newly-elected President will then deliver an address in the Central Hall. After this, he will leave with his predecessor for Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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President Pranab Mukherjee’s farewell address to nation: Full text

“A modern nation is built on some essential fundamentals – democracy or equal rights for every citizen, secularism or equal freedom to every faith, equality of every region, and economic equity,” Pranab Mukherjee said

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Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation: We must empower the poorest of the poor

“Social inclusion would ensure access to the fruits of progress to all. Good governance would provide the ability to people to shape their own lives through transparent, accountable and participatory political institutions”, the President said.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s final address to the nation: ‘My temple has been Parliament, my passion has been service of people’

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation, on the eve of demitting office. He spoke about his tenure as a President and thanked the citizens for their support. He also said that financial inclusion, social inclusion is the need of the hour for the country.

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Did you know the post of Indian president finds its inspiration in the British monarchy?

The office of the President, in which rests the highest authority in the country and also a position of glory, is one of the most prominent residues of the long period of British rule in India, and yet in many ways, is in marked opposition to it.

President Pranab Mukherjee exits Rashtrapati Bhavan with great stature: Arun Jaitley

Describing Pranab Mukherjee’s transformation from a senior Minister to a President as “exemplary”, Jaitley said he had won many admirers and his stature grew with each passing day.

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Pranab Mukherjee’s address at Parliament Central Hall: Full text

Pranab Mukherjee said, “For 37 years I served as a Member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Of these, I served five terms as a Member of the Rajya Sabha, elected for four terms from West Bengal and one term from Gujarat, and two terms in the Lok Sabha. My long career has been instructive and educative.”

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President Pranab Mukherjee’s final address to the nation today at 7:30 pm

Pranab Mukherjee’s final address to the nation at 7.30 pm today. Mukherjee earlier said, “As the President, I have tried to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution, not just in letter but in spirit as well.”

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President Pranab Mukherjee not in favour of two executives: Hamid Ansari

Ansari lauded Mukherjee for adorning the highest elected office with great distinction and dignity. “His contribution in enriching our national life, parliamentary institutions, and political discourse are highly regarded along with his unshakable belief in the idea of India,” he added.