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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Fear, mistrust at heart of increasing violence: Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee said youth must become the “voice of change”, adding: “Compassion and empathy is the true foundation of our civilisation, but every day we see increasing violence surround us.

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Dangerous if attempts are made to distort, misinterpret history: Pranab Mukherjee

President Mukherjee said history or course of civilisation has never been determined by brute forces like Hitler or Mussolini but by personalities like Mahatma Gandhi.

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Pranab Mukherjee at IIM-A: Construct of Indian nationalism is ‘Constitutional patriotism’

Speaking on “Constitutional provisions for socio-economic inclusivity: theory and parliamentary practice”, Mukherjee said that the Constitution represents the hopes and aspirations of the billion plus Indians.

Former president Pranab Mukherjee and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at the event in Gurugram on Sunday. (ANI)

Pranab Mukherjee says no collaboration with RSS, shares stage with CM Manohar Lal Khattar at Haryana event

On August 31, the former president brushed aside reports that the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation may collaborate with the RSS in Haryana to launch a series of projects and that he had invited several junior and senior RSS workers for Sunday’s event.

Now, a mobile app to rate, review your ‘neta’

Piloted during the February bypolls in Rajasthan’s Ajmer and Alwar constituencies, the app was later used in Karnataka ahead of the assembly elections in May.

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Independence Day 2018: Must ensure nation free of religious, caste, racial discrimination, says Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee Independence Day 2018 letter: the former President also commended the first independent government under former prime minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and all the subsequent governments for making India rise from a devastating colonial economy and reach the position it is in today.

As PM, Manmohan Singh provided political stability in most uncertain times: Pranab Mukherjee

Recalling those days, Mukherjee said “from 1991 to 1999, in eight years when there must have been one election, there were as many as three. ‘89 to ‘99, when there must have been just three elections, there were as many as five, and five governments.

At the press conference in Kolkata on Monday. (Express photo/Partha Paul)

Five-time rise in applications to join RSS after Pranab’s Nagpur speech: Sangh leader

During the press meet, RSS leaders highlighted a statement by Manmohan Vaidya, joint general secretary of RSS, and said that there need not be unnecessary controversy over Mukherjee’s visit as stalwarts from different fields in the country have spoken at RSS meets.

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

Most intolerant of them all

Reactions to Mukherjee’s visit to Nagpur hold the mirror to Left-liberals, not RSS

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.