The former president Pranab Mukherjee who was an Indian politician who finally rises to the high office when Indira Gandhi was the prime minister, died in Delhi at the age of 84. It was Abhijit Mukherjee who announced his father’s death on Twitter.
Mr. Pranab Mukherjee had earlier announced on Twitter that he was tested positive for COVID-19. He later then went on to get brain surgery done. After the surgery, he was put onto ventilators, and due to extreme health conditions was shifted to coma. He was being treated at a military hospital.
Pranab Mukherjee was at the topmost position in the Indian Government. Due to his skills and abilities to handle complicated situations, he was given the title of an ‘Indispensable Man’ since India was going through the era of coalition politics. He was the main man during the tenure of Mrs. Gandhi’s leadership and was also an excellent support for Sonia Gandhi.
The Career of the Indispensable Man:
It was in the year 2012 when Mr. Mukherjee was made the President by Sonia Gandhi, who was then the head of the Indian National Congress. Mr. Mukherjee was born on 11th December 1935. He belongs to a small village in West Bengal. In the initial days of his career, he was a college teacher and a journalist as well. His father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee was a congress leader, and his mother named Rajlakshmi also indulged in politics.
Over the years of his career and his strong will to achieve, Pranab Mukherjee became as one of the closest Lieutenants. There were many times when he had to face the criticism of being a loyal supporter of Mrs. Gandhi. There was also speculation that he had a massive role in influencing the government decisions many times, especially when many of the political dissidents had to be sent to the prison.
After decades, Mr. Mukherjee went on to write in a memoir about his journey and those years when he was a junior minister. He accepted that even after holding that position, he had not understood the profound and far-fetched impact, because of which the party had to pay a hefty price.
It was in 1980 when Mr. Mukherjee was picked as the finance minister by Sonia Gandhi. This was the first time when he was given a strong position which was a point of cementation to the position of being an essential leader of the party.
Life after 1984 for Mr. Mukherjee:
Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated in 1984; it was then that he felt he was the successor. However, Mrs Gandhi went on to choose Rajiv Gandhi, her son, to be the next prime minister. Tough times for Mr Mukherjee began from here. Rajiv Gandhi, for some reason, went on to sideline Mr Mukherjee for a long time now.
It was after great thought that Mr Mukherjee started his very party named as ‘Rastriya Samajwadi Party’. However, the party failed to get the support from his home town, West Bengal, which leads him to fold into the Congress Party. The party was more than welcome to have Mr. Mukherjee back.
After a few years, Mr. Mukherjee become Sonia Gandhi’s chief architect. Right after this, he was given many positions in the cabinet starting from the foreign affairs, defense, finance and many more. He was also called during many of the political meetings and controversies.
Pranab Mukherjee President Tenure (2012 – 2017)
During his five-year tenure, he had rejected a total of 42 mercy please out of the total 49 pleas which were from the prisoners. In the year 2019, last year Mr Mukherjee was awarded ‘The Bharat Ratna Award’ which is India’s highest civilian award for his service of five decades.
The final address of Mr. Mukherjee was very emotional as he stated that he had received a lot from India, then he had even given in. Even after he stepped down as the president, he was very active in public life as he was seen delivering several speeches.