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Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee is the former president of India. A former leader of the Indian National Congress, he held the presidential post from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that he was the finance minister and at various moments of his political career held portfolios of foreign affairs, defence 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.


Former president Pranab Mukherjee infected with Covid-19, urges contacts to get tested

August 10, 2020 1:45 pm

Pranab Mukherjee Coronavirus News: "On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19," Pranab Mukherjee tweeted.

Home truths

January 25, 2020 12:37 am

CAA protests reflect a vibrant civic democratic culture. The government must engage, not brand them as seditious

Pranab Mukherjee: Ongoing protests will deepen our democratic roots

January 24, 2020 8:10 am

Pranab Mukherjee also said that the youth’s “assertion and belief in the Constitution of India” is heartening. Democracy, he said, thrives on “listening, deliberating, discussing, arguing and even dissent”.

Pranab Mukherjee weighs in: Present wave of peaceful protests will help deepen India's democratic roots

January 23, 2020 10:19 pm

The former president's remarks assume significance as India witnesses nationwide protests against the CAA and the proposed NRC.

Pranab Mukherjee: ‘Democracy to lose if we cease to hear voices other than ours’

December 19, 2019 5:11 am

Stressing the significance of diversity, he said, “We ought to remember that democracy will be the loser when and if we cease to hear voices other than our own”.

Explained: Why Pranab Mukherjee wants 1,000 MPs — and why Lok Sabha has only 543 today

December 18, 2019 6:41 am

The composition of the Lok Sabha has remained more or less the same for four decades. How is it determined, and what are the arguments for and against a change?

Pranab Mukherjee: ‘Take along also those who didn’t vote for you’

December 17, 2019 7:34 am

Mukherjee also suggested that the number of seats in Lok Sabha be increased to 1,000 from the present 545, and advocated a corresponding increase in the number of MPs in Rajya Sabha and the state legislatures.

Lack of popular majority forbids you from majoritarian govt: Pranab Mukherjee

December 16, 2019 9:07 pm

Former President Pranab Mukherjee statement comes amid the central government is facing countrywide flak for taking punitive action against university students and protests in the North-East states against the recently amended Citizenship Act.

Innovations in India have focused on rich: Pranab Mukherjee

December 01, 2019 7:18 am

“In recent times, we have made several innovations in areas such as space technology, atomic energy and automobiles, but innovations in our country have by and large focused on the rich and urban income groups," the former President said.

A large section of media appears reticent to ask questions: Pranab Mukherjee

November 27, 2019 3:50 am

Being the fourth pillar of democracy, the media is “bestowed with extreme power, since it has the power to hold the other three pillars — the executive, legislature and the judiciary — accountable”, Mukherjee said.


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May 24, 2016 12:08 pm

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President Pranab Mukherjee throws open Mughal Gardens to the public

February 12, 2016 2:36 pm

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday (February 11) inaugurated annual 'Udyanotsav', which marked the annual opening of Mughal Gardens to the public.

International Fleet Review 2016: Glimpses of Indian Navy's majestic display

February 06, 2016 5:57 pm

President Pranab Mukherjee inspected one of the largest maritime events in the recent past, as International Fleet Review 2016 (IFR 2016) took place off the Visakhapatnam coast on Saturday (February 6).

President Mukherjee, PM Modi, Sonia remember Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary

January 30, 2016 2:10 pm

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary and paid homage to the Father of the Nation.

Rashtrapati Bhawan gears up for Beating Retreat ceremony

January 27, 2016 10:10 pm

Rashtrapati Bhawan gets illuminated during the full dress rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony, in New Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee hosts At Home: Hollande, Modi, Sonia, Kejriwal attend the reception

January 27, 2016 1:05 pm

President Pranab Mukhrjee hosted the At Home reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on January 26. French President Francois Hollande, who was the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congres President Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Foreigmn Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejirwal attended the event.

Scenes from India's 67th Republic Day parade

January 26, 2016 6:05 pm

India celebrated its 67th Republic Day today, with French President Francois Hollande as the chief guest. The celebrations began at the Amar Jawan Jyoti where Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the memorial.

Modi-Abe talks: Japan to help India build its first bullet train network

December 12, 2015 2:16 pm

India and Japan today signed major pacts including an MoU on civil nuclear energy and pledging to build a bullet train network between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe were addressing the India-Japan Business Leaders Forum in New Delhi.


Presidential Polls 2017

June 22, 2020 7:00 pm

President Mukherjee ignored burning issues in his speech: Sitaram

February 23, 2016 2:26 pm

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said President Pranab Mukherjee did not mention anything about the burning issues in the country in his speech while addressing the Parliament on the first day of Budget Session 2016-17. He further said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to change the Indian Republic into RSS's version of 'Fascist Hindu Rashtra'.

Budget Session: President Mukherjee leaves for Parliament

February 23, 2016 6:34 am

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday left his official residence to attend the Budget Session. Mukherjee will address both Houses on his government's plans, policies and vision for the year ahead. The Budget Session of Parliament is commencing today and is expected to have a stormy start over a host of issues, including the JNU row, Rohith Vemula suicide case and Pathankot terror attack.

Strict action should be taken against anti-national people: Rahul

February 18, 2016 10:00 am

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday led a delegation to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the Jawaharlal Nehru University row. Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, he said strict action should be taken against the people raising anti-national slogans. Rahul added that because of few students, the entire university should not be held responsible, adding the JNU row has damaged India's image globally. He further said that RSS and Centre are trying to impose their ideology on the entire nation and Congress will not let it happen.

Congress leaders meet President, brief him on Arunachal Pradesh

February 16, 2016 4:56 pm

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Senior Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal met President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday evening to brief him about the happenings in Arunachal Pradesh. Briefing the media after meeting the President, Congress leader Sibal said they have requested the former to ensure that the Constitution is followed and obeyed in formation of government in Arunachal Pradesh. He further said that any act of Centre to swear in Khaliko Pul would be unconstitutional.