The former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee passes away at the age of 84 due to the lung infection. He underwent brain surgery a few days ago and was in a coma, and he was also tested positive for Coronavirus. The elder statesman of Indian politics, Pranab Mukherjee, was born on 11th December 1935. He hails from Mirati village in West Bengal. He was sworn in as the President of India on June 15, 2012.
Everyone in the country grieves the demise of one of the influential political figures. Here are 11 interesting facts about his life.
- As much like his family, he was greatly involved in the freedom struggle of India.
- He began his career not as a politician, but as a clerk in the office of the Deputy Accountant General in Kolkata.
- He was an assistant professor of Political Science and History in Vidyanagar College, Kolkata.
- He also worked as a journalist for a local Bengali daily called Desher Dak.
- Mukherjee got his ticket to politics in 1969 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
- He is considered as one of the most versatile ministers of India as he successfully handled four major ministries—Defence, Commerce, Foreign, and Finance.
- He is the only Finance minister to have presented the budget seven times. In 1984, he was voted the best Finance Minister in the World by Euromoney magazine.
- He can read three books at a time as he was an avid reader.
- As a President, he made history by teaching school children about the political history of India on the occasion of Teacher’s day at the President’s Estate.
- In July 2012, Mukherjee won a 70 percent vote to become the 13th President of India. He contested the presidential election against P. A Sangma.
- Mukherjee rejected over 30 mercy pleas including Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. He strongly believed in the constitution and judiciary of India
The Center has announced 7 days of state mourning for the former president. Indian politicians and celebrities gave tribute to Mukherjee by tweeting their memories with him. Even Bangladesh declares one-day national mourning in honor of him.