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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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

Country going through troubled times... but it's a temporary phase: Pranab Mukherjee

"Constitutionalism, in its letter and spirit should be our only guiding ideology," Mukherjee said in his Christmas message.


Pranab Mukherjee: India should have been a $5-6 trillion economy now

"India is bound to be a global economic power. Today, as I have mentioned to you, Indian economy is worth 2.268 trillion US dollar. I am not satisfied. As a former finance minister, I think we should have done much more progress," Mukherjee said.

Delhi Confidential: Strategic Game

Although the party has relied on PM Narendra Modi’s image and cited his achievements at rallies in these states, some BJP leaders point out that the party has not “exposed” the PM too much this time.

Institutions need to look within to restore credibility: Pranab Mukherjee

He said institutions are a mirror of the national character, and to save democracy these institutions must win back the trust of the people without any delay.

Bureaucracy biggest obstacle to nation’s development: Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee referred to the civil services as the one that find ways on how to put obstructions, how to find out excuses and not to move.


History, and Her Story

At a book launch on Draupadi, former President Pranab Mukherjee speaks of her inner strength.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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.