News By/Courtesy: ANSHIKA JAIN | 09 Sep 2020 10:18am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84 on 31 August 2020
  • He entered politics in 1969 and thereafter assumed many significant roles
  • He will always be alive in our memories

In a political and administrative career that spanned over 50 years, there is one thing that is positively mysterious about Pranab Mukherjee, and that is his ability to make non-toxic, healthy, and friendly relationships with people having an ideology that is different than his, and also with the critics. It was Pranab Mukherjee’s simple appearance, humble nature, and expansive knowledge of varied subjects that focused everyone’s attention on him.

On 31 August 2020, former Indian President and Bharat Ratna recipient, Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the age of 84 at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. Because of his intimate knowledge of both the party and the government, his services were often required by Congress for crisis management.

Pranab Mukherjee had an aura of his own even amongst the opposition leaders. When he contested for presidency, he got elected almost undisputed and had also got the support of many opposition leaders.

Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi made Pranab Mukherjee a member of Rajya Sabha in 1969 and that is how he entered politics. He was the leader of Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1985 and his first stint was from 1982 to 1984 as a Finance Minister. In 1991, the then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao made him the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and in 1995, he eventually became the Minister of External Affairs. In 2004, he won his first Lok Sabha election. Along with being the leader of the house, he held several key cabinet portfolios from 2004 to 2012. In 2012, he became the 13th President of India.

Despite having a successful career in the Indian government, the one post that dodged him was that of the Prime Minister, and his ambition to become a Prime Minister was thwarted thrice.

The Government of India announced the highest civilian honour of the country, Bharat Ratna, for him in 2018.

As a humble, peace-loving, and intellectually adept man, Pranab Mukherjee will always be alive in our memories and in our hearts.

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 | 10 Sep 2020 6:12am IST


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