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President Pranab Mukjherjee during Navy Day celebrations at Navy House in New Delhi. Photo – IANS

Know Your President: Pranab's journey to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Pranab Mukherjee, who turns 81 on December 11, is India's 13th and current president. He has a reputation as a trouble-shooter and commands immense respect across the political spectrum.

Wishing President Pranab Mukherjee on his 81st birthday today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the President always put India's interest above everything and that the nation was proud to have such a well read and knowledgeable President.

"Birthday wishes to Rashtrapati Ji. His tremendous experience & wisdom has benefitted the nation greatly. I pray for his long & healthy life. Pranab Da always puts India's interest above everything. We are proud to have such a well read & knowledgeable President," Modi said.

Besides the President, the nation's top brass including Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Kiren Rijiju and Piyush Goyal among others also wished the President.