The entire nation is shocked after the news of the unfortunate demise of our Former President Pranab Mukherjee. The entire nation is paying its respect to the great man.
“His life over past 50 years mirrored 50 years of the history of India”- Indira Gandhi
That is how he has contributed to this nation, he served to the core and changed several standards, in the party as well as the Government and had a long career of 50 years. He held three big portfolios- Ministry of Defence, Finance and external affairs.
“I like long walks,” Pranab Mukherjee said in 2012 which easily depicts his political life and the struggles faced by him.
In 2018, the government of India announced the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the nation for him. Around the same time he addressed the gathering of RSS in Nagpur. Though being pious, he had a secular vision towards it. The Main Moral of that gathering is to have Nationalism among the individuals which was stressed through the speech that had an ‘Rashomon Effect’ on Listeners.
As a tribute to the departed dignitary, seven days’ mourning will be observed throughout India from “Aug31- Sep6” – A statement by Union Home Ministry. During this period, the national flag will fly at half mast and there will be no official entertainment. The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later.
“The congress party be flying its flag at a half mast at the party headquarters for the next seven days as a mark of respect to Mr Mukherjee”
The Lesser Known Facts about Pranab Mukherjee
* Minister and president Mr Mukherjee was once a professor which is not much known among the people. He taught Political Science at the Vidyanagar college in West Bengal,1963.
*Mukherjee is Known for his Phenomenal memory; Leaders would call him the “Encyclopedia” in politics and constitutional affairs.
*Mukherjee was then a “Pipe Smoker” and had 500 pipes in his Collection
“Of all the things goes into his head, only the smoke comes out”- Indira Gandhi.
*Being a personal advisor, his ability to keep secrets impressed Sonia Gandhi and by her influence, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, when he was only 34.
*His memoirs, in his diary has been written as a book which would reveal a lot of secrets and this will be published soon.
* West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not like him for his affinity towards left leaders and opposed his presidential nomination until the last moment.
*Pranab Mukherjee was also the chairman of Indian Statistical institute, Kolkata and the chairman of Rabindra Bharti University
*He was also been as a “Journalist” for “Desher Dak”, a Bengali Newspaper.
* After the demise of Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee formed his own party leaving congress, named it as “Rashtriya Samajwadi Party”. Eventually it got merged up with congress in 1989.
*He seems to be an “Workaholic”. A statement by his daughter says that he would work almost 18 hours a day and hardly takes a leave, except for a visit to his hometown during Durga pooja.
*He was rated as an on of the best five finance ministers of the world in 1984 by New York based Euro Money.
*The leadership of Nepal also paid rich tributes to Mr Mukherjee with Prime Minister Oli remembering his contributions to “strengthening Nepal-India relations in different capacities of his public life”
“In his demise Nepal has lost a great friend”, Mr Oli said
Narendra Modi’s bond with Pranab Mukherjee
Prime Minister Modi and Mukherjee share a special relationship among themselves expressing their gratitude and grief privately. Modi has also stressed that he has been a “Father Figure”.
Mr. Modi Wrote: “…three years ago, I came to New Delhi as an outsider. The task before me was huge and challenging. In these times you have always been a Father Figure and a Mentor to me. Your wisdom, guidance and personal warmth have given me the greater confidence and strength”
Mr Mukherjee had later commented that the letter had “touched his heart”
May his soul rest in peace. He was a great leader, such a phenomenal hero our nation that has ever got. The nation needs many such leaders.
“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou