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.

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Yashwant Sinha could have become first reformist finance minister, says Pranab Mukherjee

Mukherjee said if not for the opposition from the Congress, which gave outside support to the Chandra Shekhar government, Sinha “could have become the first reformist finance minister”.

Narendra Modi meets Pranab Mukhjerjee, calls it 'enriching' experience

Pranab Mukherjee served as President from 2012 to 2017. In January this year, the NDA government conferred on him the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.

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Election Results 2019: Day after praising EC, Pranab Mukherjee asks questions — so do many others

Election Results 2019: It was BJP patriarch L K Advani who first raised the issue of “dependability and fairness” of the voting machines way back in January 2010, eight months after his party was defeated in the Lok Sabha elections.

Day after praising EC, Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern over 'tampering of voters' verdict'

"I am concerned over reports of alleged tampering of voters' verdict. Safety and security of EVMs is Election Commission's responsibility," Mukherjee said in a statement.

'Perfect elections': Pranab Mukherjee's praise for EC amid Opposition's outrage

Pranab Mukherjee's remarks come a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Election Commission's "capitulation" before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is obvious and the poll watchdog is not feared and respected anymore.

Mafuja Khatun: BJP’s Muslim pick gears up to take on Pranab Mukherjee’s son, outsider tag

She is up against sitting Congress MP and former President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee, Khalilur Rahman of the TMC and Zulfikar Ali of the Left Front

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Pranab Bharat Ratna, Padmas for 1984 riots, Emergency crusaders

While Mukherjee is from the Nehruvian socialist political thought, Nanaji Deshmukh worked tirelessly to nurture the Hindu nationalist political ideology, which has now bloomed into the BJP.

Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee: Congress stalwart who made his mark as statesman

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with a “vague” impression that she may be in favour of Singh as President. In fact, many thought he would succeed Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister way back in 1984 after her assassination.

Pranab Mukherjee gets Bharat Ratna along with Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika

The Bharat Ratna has been conferred after a gap of four years. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya were given the award by the Narendra Modi government in 2015.

Indian institutes lack proper environment: Pranab Mukherjee

"What is needed that we should not only have physical expansion of infrastructure facility in higher education but also quality of education should start from the school," Mukherjee said

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President Pranab Mukherjee throws open Mughal Gardens to the public

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

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

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.

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Rashtrapati Bhawan gears up for Beating Retreat ceremony

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

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

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

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.

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Opinion | The Importance Of Being President Pranab Mukherjee

Commenting on the increasing incidents of lynchings, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday that when “mob frenzy becomes so high and irrational, uncontrollable”, people “have to pause and reflect” and be proactively “vigilant” to “save the basic tenets of our country.” Otherwise, he said, future generations will “demand an explanation from us.” His remarks came […]

Presidential Polls 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure comes to an end next month on July 24, with the Presidential election to take place on July 17. According to Election Commission, June 28 will be the last date to file nomination for candidates, with the result to be declared on July 20.  Sonia Gandhi had held meeting with opposition […]

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President Pranab Mukherjee Lists Modi Government's Achievements Ahead Of Budget 2017

Terming the advancement of the budget cycle and merger of railway and union budget as “historic”, President Pranab Mukherjee, addressing both Houses of Parliament listed down the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government, a day before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget. The president spoke of the strides made by the government in […]

President Pranab Mukherjee Warns Modi Government Regarding Demonetisation

In his first remarks after the 50-day deadline to deposit old notes lapsed on December 30, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday warned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive may lead to a temporary slowdown of the economy. “Demonetisation, while immobilising black money and fighting corruption, may lead to temporary slowdown of the economy,” said […]

Here's What Opposition Leaders Told President Pranab Mukherjee Following Parliament Deadlock

A delegation of Opposition leaders met President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the issue of demonetisation and its impacts across the country. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge spoke on the manner in which the Winter Session of Parliament was carried out, and also apprised the President of the current situation in the country post demonetisation.

President Pranab Mukherjee Criticises Parliament Disruptions Over Demonetisation

As the Parliament logjam entered into its third week, President Pranab Mukherjee said that the continuous disruption of House proceeding was “not acceptable”. President Mukherjee was addressing a seminar on electoral reforms for a stronger democracy. Saying that he has no intention of accusing any individual, the President said that parliamentary freedom should not be […]

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President Mukherjee ignored burning issues in his speech: Sitaram

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

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

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

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.

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