The 13th President of the country, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, was born on 11 December 1935. Bharat Ratna former President Pranab Mukherjee has done many commendable works in his life.
In the seventh and eighth decade, Pranab Mukherjee played a huge role in his political career and he was ranked among the world’s top five finance ministers in 1984 in a survey conducted by the journal ‘Euro Money’ published from New York.
He was declared ‘Finance Minister of the Year‘ for Asia in 2010 by the Journal of Record, ‘Emerging Markets’ for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
1. Pranab Mukherjee was born on December 11, 1935, in the village of Mirati, located near Kirnahar town in Birbhum district of West Bengal.
2. Pranab Mukherjee became the 13th President of India on 25 July 2012.
3. Pranab Mukherjee has been awarded the Bharat Ratna on 26 January 2019.
4. In 1969, Pranab Mukherjee started his political career as a Rajya Sabha member of the Congress Party.
5. In 2007, Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest honor of the country.
6. In 2010, Pranab Mukherjee received the award for ‘Finance Minister of the Year for Asia’ after a research.
7. In 2011, Pranab Mukherjee was awarded a doctorate by the University of Wolverhampton.
8. Pranab Mukherjee is proud to be the Minister of Defense, Finance, Ministry of External Affairs, Revenue, Shipping, Transport, Communications, Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry.
9. In 1975, 1981, 1993, and 1999, Pranab was re-elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha and joined the Cabinet in 1973 as the Central Deputy Minister of the Industrial Development Department. Pranab Mukherjee became the Finance Minister of India in 1984.
10. In October 2008, Pranab Mukherjee and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed the Section 123 agreement and Pranab Mukherjee became a member of the Board of Administrators of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank of the International Monetary Fund.
Inspirational Story about the former President Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee
Pranab Mukherjee’s Political journey
For the first time Rajya Sabha MP- 1969
For the first time Union Minister- 1973
For the first time Cabinet Minister- 1984
For the first time Lok Sabha MP- 2004
Pranab Mukherjee’s Awards
Bharat Ratna 2019
Padma Vibhushan 2008
Best Parliamentarian 1997
Best Finance Minister 1984
Leader of politics
1969– First time Rajya Sabha member
1973– Deputy Minister in Indira Gandhi government
1975– Second time Rajya Sabha MP
1981– Third time Rajya Sabha MP
1984– Finance Minister in Indira Gandhi Government
1984– Best Finance Minister in the world
1991– Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission
1993– Fourth time Rajya Sabha MP
1995– Narasimha Rao Foreign Minister in Government
1999– Fifth time Rajya Sabha MP
2004– First time Lok Sabha MP
2004– Defense Minister in
2006– Foreign Minister in UPA-1 Government
2009– Finance Minister in UPA-2 Government
2012– Became the 13th President of India
2017– President’s term ends
Pranab Mukherjee got an education from Birbhum and Kolkata, got an education at Suri Vidyasagar College, Virbhum. After this, he got a master’s degree in history and political science as well as a law degree from the University of Calcutta. He was also a lawyer and college professor. He had also worked in Bangla Prakashan Sansthan Desher Dak (Call of the Motherland). Pranab Mukherjee was also a trustee of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and president of the All India Banga Sahitya Sammelan.
In 1963, Pranab Mukherjee started his career as an Upper Division Clerk in the office of Deputy Accountant-General (Post and Telegraph) in Kolkata. He then taught at his own college, Vidyanagar College, as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Before entering politics, he also worked as a journalist in Desh Dak (Call of the Motherland) magazine. Later in 1969 he entered politics and reached the presidency.
Entry into politics
The credit for bringing Pranab Mukherjee into politics goes to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In the year 1973-74, Indira made him Minister of State for Industries, Shipping and Transport, Steel and Industry, and Minister of State for Finance. In 1982, he became the Finance Minister of India in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet and was the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1985.
Nearly 5 decade long political career
His political career lasted over five decades. He became a Rajya Sabha member of the Congress Party in 1969. Subsequently, he was re-elected in 1975, 1981, 1993, and 1999. He became Deputy Minister in the Union Cabinet in 1973.
Disappointed in the Congress, he had formed his own party
In the Lok Sabha elections after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, he was not allowed by Rajiv Gandhi’s supporters to join the Cabinet. He was expelled from the Congress party for some time. During that time he formed the political party National Socialist Congress. But after the agreement with Rajiv Gandhi in the year 1989, he merged his party with the Congress party.
Narasimha Rao recognized his talent
His political career was revived at that time. When P.V. Narasimha Rao appointed him first as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and later as Cabinet Minister. He served as the foreign minister for the first time in the Rao cabinet from 1995 to 1996. In the year 1997, he was elected as an outstanding MP.
He took over the responsibility of the country after Manmohan Singh became ill
He has been the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party and Congress Legislature Party. Before the Lok Sabha elections, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh underwent his by-pass surgery. Then Pranab Mukherjee played an important role in the operation of the Cabinet including the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Finance. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission from the year 1991 to 1996.
Pranab Mukherjee’s image became ‘Bharat Ratna’
In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honor. The Modi government honored Bharat Ratna with Pranab Mukherjee on 26 January 2019, keeping aside political ideology.