Pranab Mukherjee had a four-decade long career in public service, at 76 before being elected as India’s 13th President. He commanded tremendous respect in the political world for other governments.
The Early Life And Career Of Mukherjee
Having completed his Masters in History, Political Science and Law, Pranab Mukherjee started his career as a college teacher and journalist. But later he entered politics and went on to become the President of India. Pranab Mukherjee was born on December 11, 1935.He was born to a freedom fighter in Birbhum. After graduating from Calcutta University, he took up teaching as his profession. After decades of politics, he became the 13th President of India in 2012. The Prime Minister also came to the discussion for the post, but could not. However, after retiring at the end of his term, he did not get involved in active politics.
He was the person, the Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, turned to, every time there was a crisis in the party. Each time, Mukherjee rose to the occasion and helped them out. Even if he did not always succeed, he left a mark, with his wise decisions and in parliamentary debates. He has served as foreign minister, defence as well as finance minister.
Pranab Mukherjee – The Walking Encyclopaedia
He was considered as a walking encyclopaedia on everything related to politics and governance. His parliamentary career began in 1969. He got repeatedly nominated for the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2012. He has occupied several portfolios under the government.
Pranab Mukherjee has written at least eight books. The latest book, published in 2016, also throws light on the release of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia during the 2008 military-backed caretaker government in Bangladesh and the return of stability to Bangladesh. His latest book ‘The Presidential Years’ has started a public argument in between his son and daughter. His son wanted to go through the book, before its final release. The views were supposedly contradictory as mentioned by his son. However, his daughter wants to forge ahead with the publication of the book.
‘The Presidential Years’ is his fourth volume of memoirs. In the book, he has compared the working styles of Dr Manmohan Singh with incumbent PM Narendra Modi. He has also presented a critical view of the congress party. And, has raised questions over the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. He welcomed all into his chamber, if they were eager to learn from him. He could laugh many times, but could get angry as well, all of a sudden. He was a key part of politics for more than 50 years.
He is survived by his son and daughter. His daughter is a Kathak dancer and son is in the West Bengal Legislative assembly.