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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Hedgewar, for posterity

Dialogue with those he disagreed with, struggle for free India, marked his political life.

Delhi confidential: Memoir Time

Mukherjee has already penned his pre-Rashtrapati Bhavan political journey in some detail. But the curiosity about the contents of his diary remains high, especially after Mukherjee’s headline-making visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur recently.

Top Opposition leaders skip Rahul Gandhi’s first iftaar as Congress president

The Samajwadi Party was unrepresented at the event. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, too, was not present —she is yet to return from abroad. The toast of the event was Mukherjee, who came face to face with Rahul for the first time at a public event since his visit to the RSS headquarters.

Delhi confidential: Iftar Again

This time, while leaders of almost all the like-minded parties have been invited, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly not on the guest list.

Former president Pranab Mukherjee will address an event at the RSS headquarters on June 7 (File)

Congress dismisses rumours, says Pranab Mukherjee will attend Rahul Gandhi’s Iftar party

The Iftar, coming at a time when the opposition is aiming for an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections, is expected to see a host of leaders from all opposition parties and of all faiths.

His choice, his misstep

Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to address RSS meet in Nagpur need not perturb the Congress. He did not go there as a representative of the party.

Delhi Confidential: Home Affairs

Besides Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee expressing displeasure, his son Abhijit Mukherjee is also upset.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the event in Nagpur.

RSS may propose Pranab Mukherjee as PM candidate in 2019: Shiv Sena

Sena’s remarks come days after BJP chief Amit Shah and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s marathon meeting at the latter’s residence Matoshree in Mumbai amid strained relationship between the two allies.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the event in Nagpur.

RSS may project Pranab Mukherjee as PM nominee, believes Shiv Sena; Sharmistha says father not rejoining politics

Reacting to the Shiv Sena leader’s remarks, Sharmistha Mukherjee posted on Twitter: “Mr. Raut, after retiring as President of India, my father is NOT going to enter into active politics again.”

Mukherjee wrote in the visitor’s book: “Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India.”

Chanakya 2018

Pranab Mukherjee rewrote history on Friday. He washed away all the sins of the RSS. From now on, no stigma attaches to the RSS even for the assassination of Gandhiji for which the RSS was acquitted (though the Congress would like you not to know).

RSS on Pranab Mukherjee's morphed photo: Frustrated forces doing such dirty tricks

Manish Tewari likens Pranab Mukherjee’s morphed RSS image to Nazi propaganda

A day after Manish Tewari asked Mukherjee to explain why he chose to visit the RSS headquarters and deliver “homilies on nationalism” despite cautioning young Congressmen like him against the Sangh, the Congress leader said the Hindutva organisation would use the images in the furture if not today.

Pranab Mukherjee at RSS home is a significant event in history: LK Advani

Pranab Mukherjee at RSS home is a significant event in history: LK Advani

Pranab Mukherjee’s acceptance of the RSS invitation had generated tremendous anxiety within the Congress, the party to which he belonged before becoming President. In fact, several senior party leaders had expressed surprise, disbelief and even criticised his decision to visit the RSS headquarters.

Two speeches, a spectacle

At Nagpur, Pranab Mukherjee lost an opportunity. Mohan Bhagwat seized it

RSS on Pranab Mukherjee's morphed photo: Frustrated forces doing such dirty tricks

RSS on Pranab Mukherjee’s morphed photo: Frustrated forces doing such dirty tricks to defame us

Sharmistha Mukherjee, the president of the Delhi Congress women’s wing, alleged the right-wing organisations’ dirty tricks departments were at work in full swing.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on Thursday. (Twitter/@RSSorg)

LK Advani says Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to RSS headquarters a ‘significant event’ in India’s history

However, former Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia slammed the Congress veteran for not talking about the views of RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on nationalism during his address at the RSS headquarters.