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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.


July 4, 1982, Forty Years Ago: UDF Ministry crisis

July 03, 2022 11:21 pm

The five-week old UDF ministry is engulfed in a grim political crisis which will end up in the exit of at least one minister. The crisis is the direct creation of a revised budget which Finance Minister M Mani presented to the Assembly.

April 23, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Tax Relief

April 23, 2022 12:08 am

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced a number of minor tax concessions amounting to Rs 15.73 crore in the Lok Sabha.

February 28, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Taxes and relief

February 27, 2022 11:49 pm

Inland letters, envelopes, cement, tyres and sophisticated electronic equipment will cost more following a heavy dose of taxation – Rs 533 crore net – proposed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Union Budget.

Had gone to invite Pranab Mukherjee for RSS event with lot of preparation on 'ghar wapsi' issue: Mohan Bhagwat

February 07, 2022 11:52 am

The RSS chief said Mukherjee went on to say that America was telling us about secularism, whereas India's Constitution was the most secular in the world.

Depended on Pranab Mukherjee for his sagacious advice, guidance: Manmohan Singh

August 31, 2021 8:57 pm

Singh attended the first annual Pranab Mukherjee Memorial Lecture organised by the Pranab Mukherjee Legacy Foundation to mark his first death anniversary.

Former President Pranab's Mukherjee's son Abhijit joins TMC in Kolkata

July 06, 2021 12:53 am

Mukherjee had won the 2012 Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency by-election on a Congress ticket. He was re-elected in 2014 but eventually lost the constituency in 2019 to TMC’s Khalilur Rahaman.

Pranab Mukherjee's son dispels rumours of joining TMC

June 11, 2021 6:33 pm

Television channels and a few newspapers had reported he would be joining the Trinamool Congress on Friday afternoon.

Modi earned, achieved Prime Ministership, Pranab wrote in his memoir

January 07, 2021 7:39 am

Pranab Mukherjee believed PM Narendra Modi “earned and achieved the prime ministership” unlike his predecessor.

Pranab’s-eye view: Arunachal crisis to PM note ban appeal

January 06, 2021 11:57 am

In The Presidential Years, Mukherjee says that he refused to travel in then US President Barack Obama’s armoured vehicle during his visit to India in 2015.

Congress failed to recognise end of its charismatic leadership: Pranab in last book

January 05, 2021 9:05 pm

"Tall leaders like Pandit Nehru ensured that India, unlike Pakistan, survived and developed into a strong and stable nation. Sadly, such extraordinary leaders are not there anymore, reducing the establishment to a government of averages," Pranab Mukherjee wrote in his book.


Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full state honours

September 01, 2020 4:49 pm

Mukherjee passed away on Monday evening at the age of 84 after his condition declined earlier in the day and he suffered a septic shock due to his lung infection, the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital said.

Remembering Pranab Mukherjee: 13 rare photos of former President from Express archives

September 02, 2020 11:08 am

Former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on August 31. He was 84. The once Congress stalwart wore many hats over the last five decades in public life and 37 years in Parliament. He was conferred the Bharat Ratna last year.

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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.


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.