Pranab Mukherjee — The Indian former President died at the age of 84 in Delhi due to Covid -19 on August 31st. Late Mr. Mukherjee was a loyal Congress Party stalwart and had served Indian Nation from a Professor to President. He missed becoming the Prime Minister of India by a whisker, the Congress party’s trouble-shooter during the UPA rule and the unlikely Congressman with proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (the Prime Minister refers to him as ‘Dada’) — breathed his last on Monday evening at the age of 84, marking the end of an era. Detected with COVID-19, he was on ventilator following a brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
The former president was admitted to the Army’s R&R Hospital in Delhi Cantt on Aug 10 in what the hospital described as a “critical condition”. A scan at the hospital revealed a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life-saving surgery. After the surgery, he continued to remain critical and on ventilator support while also being detected with COVID-19.
From being an Assistant Professor in Vidyanagar College, Kolkata to the President of India — Mukherjee’s journey was marked with his passion for electoral politics and his remarkable loyalty to the Congress party.
Mukherjee’s started his political career in 1969, after his special election campaign in Midnapore for an independent former diplomat and senior Congress leader V.K. Krishna Menon. Mukherjee became a member of the Rajya Sabha in July 1969, following which he was re-elected to the House in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999.
A trusted aide of Indira Gandhi, he appointed former PM Manmohan Singh – considered the architect of economic reforms in the country – as RBI governor, during his stint as Finance Minister in the 1980s. His much-anticipated ambition to be Prime Minister of India after Indira Gandhi’s assassination never happened. Rajiv Gandhi’s decision to keep Mukherjee out of his cabinet was an acrimonious moment in the long relationship that the Congress stalwart enjoyed with the grand old party.