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Remembering former President Pranab Mukherjee, here are some amazing facts about the man

Pranab Mukherjee

December 11 marks the birth anniversary of former President of India and Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee and at his 86th Birth Anniversary, we bring you some of the interesting facts about Pranab Da, as he was popularly called. 

1. Pranab Mukherjee was once a professor of Political Science and taught at the Vidyanagar College. The Bharat Ratna has also worked as a journalist in Desher Dak, a regional Bengali newspaper. 

2. Pranab Mukherjee was brought into politics in the year 1969 by Congress leader and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who helped and guided him to become a member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament.

3. After getting ignored and sidelined in the Congress party following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee went on to establish the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress in 1986. However, it got merged with Indian National Congress three years later.

4. The former President was known to be a workaholic and as per his daughter Sharmishta, he works for 18 hours a day and does not take any leaves. He also is probably the only minister in India to have handled four major portfolios which include Defence, Commerce, Foreign and Finance. 

5. Mukherjee is the only Finance Minister to have served the post both, in the Pre-Liberalisation and Post-Liberalisation eras.

6. During his tenure as the 13th President of India, Pranab Da has rejected about seven mercy petitions that included mercy petitions of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab.

7. After the 2008 Mumbai Attacks (26/11), Mukherjee played a vital role in mobilizing world opinion against terrorism. 

8. Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Best Finance Minister in the World by Euromoney magazine and he is the only Finance Minister who has presented seven budgets.

9. In 2018, Mukherjee became the first former president of India to attend an event of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). 

10. In the year 2019, he was conferred with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor for his significant contribution to the country. 

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By TIS Staffer
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