Important Facts about Pranab Mukherjee/Biography & Facts

Bharat Ratna Award Pranab Mukherjee
  • Pranab Mukherjee Served as the 13thPresident of India from 2012 untill 2017.
  • A veteran congressman, Pranab Mukherjee had held various key portfolios like Finance,Defenceand External Affairs as Union Minister.
  • Pranab Mukherjee was born in a Bengali family.He earned an MA degree in Political Science and history and LL.B from the University of Calcutta.
  • Before entering politics, he had worked as a journalist with a local Bengali newspaper, named ‘Desher Dak’.
  • Mukherjee was introduced to politics in 1969 by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who guided him to become a member at the Rajya Sabha.
  • In 1984, Mukherjee was voted the Best Finane Minister in the World by Euromoney magazine. He is the only finance minister to have presented seven budgets.
  • After the demise of Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee quit the congress and formed his own political party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Party.
  • The party in 1989 merged with the congress after an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi.
  • Holding the position of president, he has rejected 24 mercy please including that of Yakub Memon, Ajmal kasab, and Afzal Guru.
  • Mukherjee has authored few books including Beyond Survival: Emerging Dimensions of India Economy (1984), Saga of Struggle and Sacrifice (1993), The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years (2014).

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