Former President Pranab Mukherjee died at the age of 84 in the hospital on Monday. He was admitted to Army Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital in Delhi since August 10, 2020. An emergency was performed on the same day to remove clotting from the brain. Since then, his condition remained critical. They were placed on ventilators.7-day national mourning has been declared on Pranab’s death.
President Kovind, PM Modi Expressed Grief
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have mourned the death of former president Pranab Mukherjee. Modi wrote- “India mourns the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development path of our nation. He was a scholar. He was liked by every section of the society. I arrived in Delhi in 2014. From the very first day, I received the guidance, support, and blessings of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I will always cherish my conversation with him. My condolences to his family, friends, fans, and his supporters across India. om Shanti.”
Former President Pranab Mukherjee Received Bharat Ratna Last Year
Pranab was awarded with the Bharat Ratna last year. Daughter Sharmishtha wrote on Twitter that August 8 last year was the happiest day for me because my father was awarded with the Bharat Ratna that day. Just a year after that, on August 10, 2020 his health worsened and became serious.
Remained A Clerk, Also Taught In College
Pranab was born on 11 December 1935 in Mirati village of the British era Bengal Presidency (now West Bengal). He did his MA in Political Science and History from the University of Calcutta. He was also a clerk in the Deputy Account General (Post and Telegraph). In 1963, he was also a lecturer in Political Science at Vidyanagar College, Kolkata.
Political Journey Started In 1969
Pranab’s political career began in 1969. He successfully handled VK Krishna Menon’s campaign in the Midnapore by-election. Indira Gandhi, who was then Prime Minister, saw her talent and included her in the party. Pranab was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1969. He was subsequently elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1975, 1981, 1993, and 1999.