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Pranab Mukherjee dead: Former president cremated with state honours

Pranab Mukherjee dead at 84: In his decades-long political career, Pranab Mukherjee served as a Member of Parliament seven times, serving in the cabinet of several prime ministers. In 2012, he was elected President of India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 2, 2020 1:33:10 am
Former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday. He was 84.

Former President Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee was Tuesday cremated with state honours at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Earlier in the day, his body was kept at his residence in the national capital where leaders, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  paid their last respects to former president.

Mukherjee passed away Monday at the age of 84. In mid-August, he had undergone a brain surgery at the Army Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi. Hours before his death, hospital authorities said his condition had deteriorated and he was in a state of septic shock due to a lung infection. Mukherjee’s death was announced by his son Abhijit Mukherjee.

Mukherjee, in his decades-long political career, served as a Member of Parliament seven times, serving in the cabinet of several prime ministers. In 2012, Mukherjee was elected President of India.

“Sad to hear that former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends & all citizens. Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Bharat Ratna Shri Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his 5 decades long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held. He endeared himself to people across the political spectrum,” President Ram Nath Kovind said in a message.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum & by all sections of society.”

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Former president of India Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84 on Monday. He had undergone a brain surgery at the Army Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi, where his condition deteriorated. President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi led the nation in paying their respects to the tall leader. Read updates in Tamil, Bangla and Malayalam

00:58 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Trump, Pompeo mourn death of Pranab Mukherjee

US President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday condoled the death of former president Pranab Mukherjee, terming him a "great leader" whose "visionary leadership" helped drive India's rise as a global power and paved the way for a stronger US-India partnership. Mukherjee died on Monday evening following a 21-day battle with multiple ailments. He was 84.

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of India's former President, Pranab Mukherjee," Trump tweeted. "I send my condolences to his family and the people of India as they grieve the loss of a great leader," he said.

00:43 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Pranab Mukherjee's ashes immersed in Ganga at Har ki Pauri

The ashes of former President Pranab Mukherjee were immersed in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri here late on Tuesday evening by his son Abhijit Mukherjee. Before the immersion of the ashes, a ritual was performed in front of a framed picture of the former President in the presence of Ganga Sabha chief Pradeep Jha, general secretary Tanmay Vashishtha and sabhapati Krishna Kumar Sharma.

Congress leaders Satpal Brahmachari, Sanjay Agrawal and Sanjay Paliwal were also present. Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi at the age of 84. He was cremated on Tuesday with full state honours.

19:39 (IST)01 Sep 2020
US Secretary of State condoles Pranab Mukherjee's death

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condoled the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee, saying, "Saddened to hear of passing of former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, whose visionary leadership was instrumental in bringing United States & India closer together. We extend our deepest condolences to people of India during this difficult time."

19:18 (IST)01 Sep 2020
'Village has lost its guardian': Scores of people pay tribute to Pranab Mukherjee at ancestral temple

An oil portrait of former president Pranab Mukherjee graced the wooden chair, on which he would sit and chant shlokas at his ancestral temple in Birbhum during Durga Puja, as scores of people lined up to offer floral tributes and light candles in memory of their beloved 'Poltu da'.

Grief-stricken neighbours and family members, who had been holding yagnas for Mukherjee's recovery over the past three weeks, milled around his residence 'Kamada Kinkar Bhavan' at Miriti village on Tuesday, most of them recounting how the statesman touched their lives in one way or the other.

"The village has lost its guardian," Bipattaran Mukhopadhyay, the family priest, said, standing in front of the temple, inside which stood the half-done clay idols of Goddess Durga and her children, work for which started on Rath Yatra, just like every year. (PTI)

19:17 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Would have considered performing last rites in Bengal if COVID restrictions were not there: Abhijit Mukherjee

Noting that many people could not attend the cremation of Pranab Mukherjee because of the COVID-19 situation, his son Abhijit Mukherjee on Tuesday said the family would have considered taking the mortal remains of the former president to West Bengal for the last rites if restrictions were not in place.

Abhijeet said the cremation of the former president could not be attended by many because of the COVID-19 situation. "We would have considered taking his mortal remains for last rites to West Bengal where our relatives and many who are associated with our family live," he said.

Some members of Mukherjee's family and relatives paid their last respects clad in PPE kits while conforming to COVID-19 safeguards at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium. (PTI)

16:09 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Country lost a distinguished leader, outstanding parliamentarian: Union Cabinet on Mukherjee

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday condoled the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee and said the country has lost a distinguished leader and an outstanding parliamentarian. The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Mukherjee.

"The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India. In his passing away, the country has lost a distinguished leader and an outstanding parliamentarian," the Cabinet said in a resolution.

The Cabinet said Mukherjee, the 13th President of India, was a man of unparalleled experience in governance who served as the country's Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister. (PTI)

15:08 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Joe Biden pays tribute to Pranab Mukherjee: 'He deeply in importance of India, US tackling global challenges together'

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has condoled the death of former India President Pranab Mukherjee, saying he believed deeply in the importance of India and the US tackling global challenges together. "President Shri Pranab Mukherjee was a devout public servant who believed deeply in the importance of our two nations tackling global challenges together. Jill and I are saddened to hear of his passing - our prayers go out to his loved ones and the Indian people," Biden said on Monday.

14:26 (IST)01 Sep 2020
PM Modi: 'Pranab Mukherjee will be remembered by generations for his efforts towards India's progress'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets pictures of himself paying respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee. "Paid tributes to respected Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He would be remembered by generations for his efforts towards India's progress," he says.

14:07 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full state honours

Former President Pranab Mukherjee laid to rest with full military honours at Lodhi crematorium in New Delhi.

14:02 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Hearse carrying Pranab Mukherjee's body reaches crematorium

Hearse carrying Pranab Mukherjee's body reaches Lodhi road crematorium; family, relatives accompany in PPE kits.

13:39 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Chinese foreign ministry on Pranab Mukherjee: 'Heavy loss to China-India friendship'

In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry paid tribute to former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee, saying he made a positive contribution to India-China relations. "Pranab Mukherjee was a veteran statesman of India. In his 50 years in politics, he made positive contribution to China-India relations. It's a heavy loss to China-India friendship, and to India. We express condolences over his death and extend our sympathies," the statement read, according to ANI.

13:34 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Pranab Mukherjee's last rites performed at Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi

Former president Pranab Mukherjee's last rites were performed at Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi this afternoon. 

13:11 (IST)01 Sep 2020
At Parliament: Indian flag flies at half-mast

The Indian national flag flies at half mast at the Parliament building on Tuesday. India is observing a seven-day mourning period for former president Pranab Mukherjee. (PTI Photo: Vijay Verma) 

11:40 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Opinion: Pranab Mukherjee was a man of government, who saw consensus as the way to administer India

Neerja Chowdhury writes in an opinion column in The Indian Express: "Pranabda was a stickler for protocol. He did not like it when an editor remarked that there was no ashtray on his table. He ticked off a leading TV anchor, on camera, for asking questions in a raised voice. He was, after all, speaking to the former President of India who deserved courtesy. The diminutive man was conscious of his political stature; Indira Gandhi had told him that “political standing must never be compromised”.

India will remember Pranabda for his contribution as a minister heading virtually every important ministry. He will also be remembered as a leader who saw consensus as the way to run a country as heterogeneous as India, and believed in holding conversations across the political divide." Read her column here

10:26 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Watch: PM Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former president of India Pranab Mukherjee. Watch:

10:18 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Pranab Mukherjee dies: Rajnath Singh, General Bipin Rawat, Om Birla pay respects

Here are some pictures of leaders paying their last respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee. Mukherjee's last rites will be performed at the Lodi Road crematorium in New Delhi at 2 pm. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays his last respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee (ANI Photo)
CDS General Bipin Rawat pays his last respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee (ANI Photo)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla pays his last respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee. (ANI Photo)
10:01 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Joe Biden on Pranab Mukherjee: 'Among India's most distinguished statesmen and scholars'

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Tuesday paid tribute to former president Pranab Mukherjee, describing him as among India's "most distinguished statesmen and scholars". He said, "President Shri Pranab Mukherjee was a devout public servant who believed deeply in the importance of our two nations tackling global challenges together. Jill and I are saddened to hear of his passing - our prayers go out to his loved ones and the Indian people.

"He'll go down in history among India's most distinguished statesmen and scholars, and his many visits to Washington, everything he did for the relationship, played an instrumental role in expanding this US-India relationship, both in defence and external affairs when he was the minister," Biden added, speaking at the virtual India-US Leadership Summit organised by the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF).

09:03 (IST)01 Sep 2020
As Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee saw India through 2008 global financial crisis

Pranab Mukherjee’s eventful tenure as Finance Minister was dotted by navigating the Indian economy in the aftermath of the global financial crisis through massive doses of fiscal stimulus and introduction of “retrospective” tax laws that faced intense criticism. During the span of his career in the Congress and UPA regimes, Mukherjee handled several important economic portfolios of finance, commerce, shipping and industries ministries. A look back

09:00 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Pranab Mukherjee (1935-2020): Politician, diplomat, a range in between

Pranab Mukherjee was the quintessential politician who knew the importance of events and tasks at hand, and could carry them out effortlessly. He was the UPA’s point person of all things important — governance and politics. Mukherjee was key to almost every important decision in the UPA regime, especially when it came to foreign policy matters. Shubhajit Roy writes on his interaction with Mukherjee, primarily during his days as External Affairs Minister.

01:18 (IST)01 Sep 2020
J-K govt announces 7-day mourning after Pranab Mukherjee's death

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday declared seven-day mourning following the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee, an official spokesman said. He said the National flag shall fly at half-mast during the mourning period on all buildings and places in the Union Territory where it is flown regularly, and there will be no official entertainment

Pranab Mukherjee, Pranab Mukherjee death, Pranab Mukherjee death, Pranab Mukherjee covid, Express Opinion, Indian Express Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84 on August 31, 2020.

Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84

Pranab Mukherjee first became the general secretary of the Congress in 1998. He was a member of the Congress Working Committee for 23 years. For a brief period he was also given the responsibility to head the West Bengal unit of the Party.

Mukherjee worked under three Prime Ministers – Indira Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh. He is the only finance minister to have presented budgets both before the 1991 reforms in the license-permit raj regime as well after the 1991 economic reforms. He took bold decisions after the global economic crisis of 2008 which helped shield the Indian economy. As commerce minister in 1993, Pranabda championed the cause of trade liberalisation.

"Sad to hear that former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends & all citizens. Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Bharat Ratna Shri Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his 5 decades long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held. He endeared himself to people across the political spectrum," President Ram Nath Kovind said in a message.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum & by all sections of society."

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