A tribute to Pranab Mukherjee, read some less-known facts about him

Former President Pranab Mukherjee was an elder politician who has made many enduring contributions to the country’s progress in nearly five-decade civil life, directed governance and inspired youth towards perfection in academics and other fields.

“Dear friends, with a sense of gratitude and a prayer in my heart, I take leave of you. I leave with a sense of fulfilment and happiness of having served the people of this great country,” Pranab Mukherjee had said on the completion of his five-year term as the 13th President of India.

After a long battle for life, Mukherjee bid goodbye to the world, leaving the country heartbroken. He was a statesman known from his witty replies and a tremendous sense of humour that he often displayed in parliamentary sessions.

Let’s celebrate his life with some less-known facts about him.

  1. Apart from being a diplomat, Mukherjee was once a teacher. He taught Political Science at the Vidyanagar College in South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal, in 1963
  2. He had also worked as a reporter with a local Bengali newspaper, named Desher Dak.
  3. Mukherjee was introduced to politics in 1969 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who guided him to become a member at the Rajya Sabha.
    Pranab Mukherjee
  4. The Former President was known to be a compulsive workaholic. He worked for almost 18 hours a day and hardly takes any leaves.
  5. Mukherjee was the only minister to have handled four major ministries, defence, commerce, foreign and finance.
  6. In 1984, Mukherjee was voted the Best Finance Minister in the World by Euromoney magazine. He was the only Finance Minister to have presented seven budgets.
  7. After the demise of Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee had quit the Congress and formed his own political party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Party.
  8. He was said to have kept a diary for the last 40 years. The writings were to be published posthumously, following the advice of Mukherjee himself.
  9. After becoming the 13th President of India, Mukherjee has refused seven mercy petitions including that of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab.