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Former India President Pranab Mukherjee Dead at 84 – A senior leader of India’s opposition Congress party, has died.

Pranab Mukherjee Dead

Mukherjee was tested for COVID-19 and the result came positive on August 10 and has been in the hospital ever since. He was 84 years old.

Mukherjee, prized for his ability to build consensus by exercising his appeal to unite disparate groups, has never won first place, despite decades of party loyalty in Congress.

The former university professor and journalist did not have a basic political base, but between 1973 and 2012 he held more than a dozen federal portfolios, ranging from commerce and finance to defense and foreign affairs.

But it could also shrug, like when the finance minister in 2012 demanded a $ 2 billion payment from Vodafone, then India’s largest foreign corporate investor, as part of a retrospective tax on long-concluded corporate deals.

Mukherjee entered parliament in 1969, following his father in the Congress party led by Indira Gandhi, just as he was leading the country on a sharp turn toward socialism.

He rose under the leadership of Gandhi, only to be sidelined by his son, Rajiv, after the 1984 elections.

Pranab Mukherjee Dead

But Mukherjee managed to regain his closeness to the leadership of Congress and the Gandhi family, becoming one of the most influential politicians in India in the 1990s and 2000s, building a dense network of party relationships.

“Everyone realized that he was so smart that they would rather have him number two than number one,” said Sanjaya Baru, a former adviser to Manmohan Singh, the architect of India’s financial reform who beat Mukherjee instead of higher employment. in 2004.

“He has played a very important role in politics since the 1980s.”

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“With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers, duas and prarthanas from people throughout India ! I thank all of You,” his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted

Mukherjee’s reward should have been a term as prime minister, in his esteem and in that of some others, but was ignored by Rajiv’s Italian widow, Sonia, who instead gave it to Singh, an Oxbridge economist.

In 2012, Mukherjee resigned from parliament to assume the role largely of the figure of the head of state. He was sworn in as the thirteenth president of India, with the support of all parties underlining his broad acceptability, a rare attribute in Indian politics.

A corruption scandal two years into his presidency led to a defeat in the congressional general election, which has ruled India for most of its independent history, and Mukherjee had to be sworn in by Hindu nationalist leader Narendra. Modi as prime minister.

Born on December 11, 1935 in the village of Mirati in the eastern state of West Bengal, Mukherjee studied history, political science, and law.

“My passion has been serving the Indian people,” Mukherjee said in a speech that summed up 50 years of public life when he resigned from the presidency in 2017.

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Source@ NYTimes | USNews

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