Pranab Mukherjee, who was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi, was also infected with coronavirus and underwent complex brain surgery a few weeks ago, after which he had been in bad condition. In a tweet, his son Abhijit Mukherjee informed about it. Pranab Mukherjee, who played a political inning that has been lasted for more than five decades, was indeed a big personality in Indian politics.
He was valuable to the Congress party since Indira Gandhi's time, but he had become priceless for the UPA one and two governments that it seemed that they would not run without him. Pranab Mukherjee's position in the Union Cabinet was effectively just after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2012, just before he became president. In the meantime, it seems to be a biography of many people, not a person, to count the positions he held. External Affairs Minister, Defence Minister, Finance Minister, MPs, Leaders in The Lok Sabha, Chairmen of at least 100 Groups of Ministers and prominent fighters of the party – India has had the least leaders with such a broad personality.
When the UPA came to power once again in 2009, when the UPA won the Lok Sabha elections for the second consecutive time, Mukherjee took over the finance ministry. In July, he presented his budget. In those days, copies of the budget were kept under the supervision of intelligence bureau officials just hours before the budget was presented to Lok Sabha TV. The word quarantine has become much-hyped today because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the staff of Lok Sabha TV has a longstanding introduction to the term. In those days, Lok Sabha TV had a quarantine team that was used to lock in a large room with budget copies, some blank paper, pens, and video editing machines in the morning on budget day. The team members had a few hours in which they had to make tv packages by looking at different budget announcements so that the budget could be given to the people of Parliament's own TV channel immediately after the finance minister's budget speech.
Pranab Mukherjee used to repeat the same complex data from in media interviews after the Budget speech. And it's not just the statistics on which the question is asked, and the data and information about it used to tell them as if an invisible book was open in front of him.
Pranab Mukherjee's memory and the experience were sharp, who read four or five books together, were considered exceptional by everyone. An incident happened during the parliament discussion. Union Minister Anurag Thakur, parliamentary functioning, was a new experience in the 15th Lok Sabha. Once in the question hour, he pointed out the shortcomings in implementing a government scheme and asked a question relating to Pranab Mukherjee's ministry, which was appreciated by opposition MPs by hitting their tables. But when Mukherjee's turn came, Thakur watered down because he had asked the question wrongly, and Mukherjee told him before answering, "I will reply, but before that, let me tell you what the right way to ask the question."
A well-known editor of the country who was interviewing Pranab Mukherjee was sweating in front of him. Due to his personality. Ironically, despite being the master of such a huge personality, he was always number two in his party's eyes, never becoming number one. In India, it is the head of state to say president, but the real political power is with the prime minister or the ruling party's president of the organization controlling the ruling party. Mukherjee could not become any of them.
It is said that it was the biggest blunder in his life to replace Indira Gandhi's son Rajiv Gandhi after her assassination, for which the Gandhi family never forgave him and never considered a credible personality for the post of Prime Minister. He is also said to have accepted an invitation to be the chief guest of a function held at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur after leaving the presidency, only to respond to the injustice done to the Congress party and the Gandhi family in his own way.
Former President Mukherjee never retired from politics, only to lose out on active politics. After his death, his guiding on India's political horizon will not be fulfilled by anyone. India's young leaders today have lost a unique source of inspiration, and the world's biggest democracy has lost a notable patron of its politics and parliamentary tradition.
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