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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Soul of India resides in pluralism; dialogue essential for democracy: Pranab Mukherjee

"Divergent strands in public discourse have to be recognised. We may argue, we may agree, or we may not agree. But we cannot deny the essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion," Pranab Mukherjee said.

Congress names Pranab Mukherjee's daughter, Meira Kumar's son national spokespersons

Sharmishtha Mukherjee, the Delhi Mahila Congress chief, took to Twitter to thank Rahul Gandhi and Randip Surjewala for the appointment.


Not only GDP, Gross Happiness Product important too: Pranab Mukherjee

The Delhi government, since it came into power in 2015, has allocated the largest chunk of its annual budget to education, undertaking infrastructure improvement projects, baseline learning improvement programmes as well as teacher training.

Be careful while sharing social media posts: Pranab Mukherjee

Addressing the gathering of journalists, Pranab Mukherjee said that whenever he reads newspapers, he is assured that the report has been edited and verified, which is not the case with social media posts.

Rahul, Sonia Gandhi give Pranab Mukherjee's Bharat Ratna event a miss

The absence of the mother-son duo from the award ceremony fuelled speculations that if this had anything to do with Mukherjee accepting an invitation to deliver an annual lecture RSS headquarters in 2018.

Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika conferred Bharat Ratna

At the investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mukherjee received the honour himself, while Dekhmukh’s relative Virenderjeet Singh received it on his behalf, and Hazarika’s was received by his son Tej.


WATCH: Pranab Mukherjee receives Bharat Ratna from President Kovind

The award was also conferred on Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika posthumously.

British officers conspired with League to ensure NWFP didn’t go to India: Pranab Mukherjee

He said these reports were taken to Jawaharlal Nehru, “but he did not take it seriously — (he) dismissed them as exaggeration”.

Celebration of diversity spirit of India: Pranab Mukherjee

He was speaking at the ceremony where the 6th Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios award 2019 was handed over to social activist and pioneer of the RTI movement Aruna Roy and her organisation Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan.

Rights not static, they change with socio-economic context: Pranab Mukherjee

Mukherjee was speaking at the launch of the book Discourse on Rights in India: Debates and Dilemmas published by Routledge and edited by Miranda House Acting Principal Bijayalaxmi Nanda and Kamala Nehru College Assistant Professor Nupur Ray.

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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.


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 […]


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 […]


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.