News By/Courtesy: kriti kaushal | 02 Sep 2020 15:42pm IST


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In his early interviews, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee stated that sometimes he was a small actor, and sometimes he was a spectator but always he was a participant in parliament either sitting on treasury branches or sitting in the opposition. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee was born on 11 December 1935 to a family that was very politically active In his interview he stated that his mother was highly politically active and even his father was in politics from 1920. He shared that even if a political activist life is divided into jail and outside the jail. When staying outside of the jail, they did not use to remain in the home but engage in other political activities. He was elected to Rajya Sabha at an age of 34 in 1969 and was a part of Indira’s cabinet in 1973. He was part of the government for 22 years as ministers starting from the date when he was first appointed by Indira Gandhi in the council of a minister in the early seventies. He served as the finance minister in Indira Gandhi's cabinet in the year 1982 and appointed Dr. Manmohan Singh as RBI governor. He was also Indira Gandhi's most trusted lieutenant when she was unavailable. After Indira Gandhi was assassinated, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee found himself sidelined as Rajiv Gandhi took charge but then in 1991 he was appointed as a deputy chairman of the planning committee and later served as a Union Minister. He acted as a political advisor of Sonia Gandhi in 1998. In his interview, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee stated that in the first election headed by Sonia Gandhi, Congress did not get more than 112 seats but subsequently she recognized that Congress will have to adjust itself with the other political aspect and groups and leaders and have to form a sort of coalition.


In 2004, Congress won the Lok Sabha election and when Sonia Gandhi refused to become the Prime Minister, there was speculation that Mr. Pranab Mukherjee would be the Prime Minister but Mr. Manmohan Singh turned out to be the Prime Minister. In this context, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee stated that it was a genuine decision Sonia Gandhi came to. Whatever is her consideration in her inner mind but she made it firm when she pronounced it. He also believed that her leadership has especially played a significant role in the contemporary history of the Congress. While talking about his relationship with Sonia Gandhi, he said that as far as his relationship is concerned it was warm in the initial years. Naturally, he did not know her and she did not know him but when they worked together in a conclave, it was warm and it continued.


He was appointed as defense minister in Manmohan Singh cabinet in 2004. He said that he has already stated many times that he is quite satisfied with what he receives and he always believes he has received more than the people of this country than he has given to them. He is indebted to them. He was appointed as an external affairs minister in 2006. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and was named Pranav GoM.


He even stated in an interview that his Prime Minister trusted him and gave him responsibilities and of course because of these responsibilities, he had to work more for the country as he was the senior-most member under the leadership of Manmohan Singh. He believes that as a Member of Parliament and member of Congress working committee he had more responsibility not only for his party but also for the opposition and every citizen of India.


In 2009 he was appointed as a finance minister and in 2012, he became president of India. After this position, he said that he was satisfied and glad and particularly happy because he was not only extended support by his own party or voted by his own party but also supported and voted by the candidates of the other party. He considered it a great reward for his long stay in public life.

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Sep 2020 11:59am IST

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